Famous faces including Fern Britton and Si King return to meet the NHS staff who saved their lives in a new five-part daytime series Matron, Medicine and Me
Famous faces including Fern Britton and Si King return to meet the NHS staff who saved their lives in new five-part daytime series Matron, Medicine and Me.
Two years ago TV presenter Fern Britton was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with E.coli and sepsis and underwent emergency surgery that ultimately saved her life.
Now, in this five-part series on every morning this week, Fern and other famous faces, including Hairy Bikers chef Si King and Olympic athlete Denise Lewis, reflect on the huge impact the NHS has had on their lives, and return to meet staff and patients from the wards where they or their loved ones were treated.
Fern is emotional when she is reunited with Geraldine Tasker (pictured top with Fern) the surgeon who operated on her and keen to learn how the NHS is fighting the war against disease and superbugs.
Hairy Bikers, Si King has long been a regular on our TV screens along with his colleague Dave Myers. Yet four years ago he was at serious risk of dying when he suffered a brain aneurysm.
‘The consultant told me later if I hadn’t got myself straight to hospital, I wouldn’t be here now,’ Si, 51, tells TV Times.
'The NHS staff are just so skilled at what they do. It takes an incredibly special human being to work under those pressures. The care I received was amazing. The staff were gentle, kind and took the time to listen,' recalls Si. 'If it wasn’t for the NHS, I wouldn’t be here!'
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