Medical drama Holby City has donated several working ventilators from its Elstree set to the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real life medics,” said executive producer Simon Harper on social media. The message was delivered alongside a photo of the life-saving equipment being unloaded.
Fully operational ventilators from the Holby City set arrived at the new Nightingale Hospital yesterday. @BBCCasualty & @BBCHolbyCity Exec Producer Simon Harper said: "We are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real life medics." pic.twitter.com/oUFaRPVhyn
— BBC Studios (@bbcstudios) April 10, 2020
Ventilators are being used to treat people severely affected by COVID-19, taking over the body’s breathing when the disease has caused lung failure.
The NHS Nightingale Hospital in London is based in the ExCeL Centre and hosts 4,000 beds. There are also Nightingale hospitals in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Harrogate.
Holby City and fellow medical show Casualty previously announced they would be donating personal protective equipment to the health service.
Filming on both Casualty and Holby City has halted, alongside all BBC Studios continuing dramas. This means that the upcoming episode of Holby City on Tuesday 14th April will be the last airing in a while.
And while Casualty won’t be broadcast today (11th April), it will be back next Saturday.
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