Island Hospital

Friday, 7 December 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

The last episode in a 12-part series following the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, gaining a unique insight into life on this part of the Channel Islands.

Surgeon Chris Joslin swaps his scrubs for a cello, as he joins the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra for an explosive performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at the annual Proms on the Pier; hospital chef Wilkie faces his harshest critics as he prepares the daily dishes for the Meals on Wheels delivery. Former RAF bomber pilot Keith Bichard hopes to keep calm and carry on as he faces a difficult hip operation. And Paramedic Dean De La Mere takes to the waters with the Flying Christine, Guernsey’s sea ambulance, for the island’s Battle of Britain air display.

Friday, 30 November 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

A new 12-part series following the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, gaining a unique insight into life on this part of the Channel Islands.

The Sark tractor ambulance comes to the rescue of one of the Island’s most important patients; Dr Mat Dorrian is worried a playground tumble may have done serious damage to six-year-old Sammy Hancock’s finger; hospital chef Dave Partington is relying on veteran scallop diver Jeff Belshaw to save his dish of the day. And horse rider Tracey hopes an operation will finally bring an end to her knee problems, and get her back in the saddle.

Friday, 23 November 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

A 12-part series following the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital inGuernsey, gaining a unique insight into life on this part of the Channel Islands.

Physiotherapist Millie Rayner is hoping beginners luck will help her to bring home the bacon at a Guernsey Friday night meat draw; Hospital art curator Nancy Strike takes a gamble on local artist Hayley Mallet for a new exhibition at the Princess Elizabeth; the air ambulance takes to the skies for Simon Fane’s life changing operation. And Bill Forman’s dream retirement in the sunshine turns into a nightmare when doctors raise concerns about a patch of skin on his forehead.

Friday, 9 November 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

This 12 part series explores all aspects of Island life through the eyes of the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, the sole general hospital in the Bailiwick of Guernsey

In tonight’s episode: patients, pigs and party plans spell pandemonium for radiographer and farmer Tess Woodnut; Polly Muir, the new hospital dentist is on a hunt for her dream island home. And orthopaedic surgeon Chris Joslin has to perform urgent surgery on four-year-old Leon Solano after a fall leaves him with a badly broken arm.

Friday, 26 October 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

This 12 part series explores all aspects of Island life through the eyes of the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, the sole general hospital in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

In tonight’s episode, local entertainer Dennis Burns is hoping a new knee will get him back on stage; Dr Mat Dorian has to tackle a teeneager who has injured his wrist playing football; And Paramedic Steve Torode comes to the aid of a 14-year-old involved in a scooter crash before a fighting it out at the annual Battle Flowers.

Friday, 19 October 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

This 12 part series explores all aspects of Island life through the eyes of the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, the sole general hospital in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

In tonight’s episode, dairy farmers Mike and Suzy Bray are facing a delivery of a different kind as they await the birth of their first child; Campsite owner Jill Rang needs her sea legs for her journey to hospital in a speedboat; Teenager Jesse has to see a doctor after injuring his eye. And who will be the winning wooly jumper at the Sark sheep racing weekend?

Friday, 5 October 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

Series following the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, gaining a unique insight into life on this part of the Channel Islands.

The Bailiwick is a group of 6 islands 30 miles off the French coast (consisting of Sark, Herm, Alderney, Jethou, Lihou and of course Guernsey itself), which combine Gallic charm with the reassuring familiarly of Britain. Although they share our Queen, the Bailiwick is not part of the UK and has its own Government and laws.

The Princess Elizabeth Hospital on Guernsey is the sole general hospital serving the 66,000 residents across all the islands, and here, the staff need to be able to deal with every type of emergency and eventuality.

Episode four:

In tonight’s episode, Paramedic Jason Garnham leaves his ambulance behind for a training mission at sea; Emergency Medical Technician Dean Robilliard is called into action when a patient injured on Alderney needs to be airlifted to the Princess Elizabeth; The emergency services prepare for battle in the St Peter Port harbour carnival raft race. And will physiotherapist Millie Rayner be able to get keen horticulturist Jean McCathie back to her garden after a bout of pneumonia?

Friday, 28 September 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

This 12 part series explores all aspects of Island life through the eyes of the staff and patients of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, the sole general hospital in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

In tonight’s episode, eye surgeon Suzy Dorey swaps her scrubs for gardening gear as she helps Saumarez Park prepare for a Royal Visit; Paramedics Jason Garnham and Nick Davison come to the rescue of bowls champion Derek Hurford; And a shoulder injury could spell disaster for lawyer Adrian Sarchet, as he embarks on an attempt to swim the English Channel.

Friday, 14 September 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

“Sooner or later, everyone on the Islands comes here. It’s where Islanders are brought into the world, where their broken bones are mended and it’s one of the reasons that people here have the seventh highest life expectancy in the world.”
Tristan Gemmill, Narrator

Island Hospital shines a light on the beautiful Bailiwick of Guernsey, a group of Channel Islands with the charm of rural France and the reassuring familiarity of Britain. At the heart of the community is the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, which serves its 66,000 residents.

This 12-part series will explore every side of island life through the eyes of the staff who work at the hospital and the patients receiving expert care.

In episode one, surgeon and pilot David Pring shows us why some patients receive a flying visit, hospital chef Wilkie embarks on an ambitious ice-cream wedding cake for a nurse’s wedding and hotelier Michael finds out whether he can continue work after falling down the stairs.

Outpatients at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital live within a 120-mile radius on six different islands, so seeing a doctor can be an unusual affair. For more than 20 years, Mr David Pring has been both a qualified surgeon and a fully licensed pilot. This means he’s able to serve the community efficiently by flying himself to house calls.

Tonight, David flies to Alderney – the most Northern of the Channel Islands – to see 82 year-old pensioner Robin, who has fallen at home and damaged his left hip. David explains: “It’s the most efficient way to get around if you can fly yourself. Otherwise you’re heavily dependent on the commercial flights and they don’t always fit in with clinic times.”

Over 300,000 tourists visit Guernsey each year, most during the peak summer months. Michael is the manager of Bella Luce, a boutique hotel on Guernsey but has ended up in Accident and Emergency during the hotel’s busiest season. After a bad fall, Michael has a very bruised and swollen shoulder. Dr Brian Parkin sends him for an X-ray but how will the Bella Luce cope with Michael out of action?

Of the 66,000 residents in Guernsey, 20,000 are imports – tradesmen and industry specialists brought over from the mainland to help serve the community. Neil Wilkie, the hospital chef, learned his trade in London at Michelin starred restaurants but moved to Guernsey for a change in lifestyle. He and his team now serve up the best quality food to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital patients. He says: “This is actually sirloin steak, sliced up for braising because we like to give the best quality we can to our patients. They can choose what they like because that’s what we do. Most of the chefs here, in fact all of them, work in large hotels, high class restaurants.” His son Aaron, a Guernsey Deputy and plumber, is marrying community nurse, Jodie. Neil has been asked to make their wedding cake but it will be his biggest culinary challenge yet, as the cake will be made from ice cream.

Also tonight, Dr James Ray who moved to Guernsey from Liverpool with his family, helps local tiler Steve by removing microscopic shards of tile from his eye to prevent permanent damage.

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