Filming for Channel Five’s A&E After Dark is due to start this week during the coronavirus pandemic
The boss of Hull’s hospitals has responded to criticism following the announcement camera crews would be granted access to Hull Royal Infirmary for another series of A&E After Dark.
On Thursday, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust announced filming would begin this week for the channel five documentary.
The first series was hugely popular across the country, providing a “warts and all” account of Hull’s busy emergency department.
However, some have reacted angrily to the news camera crews will be permitted to enter the hospital when visiting restrictions still apply to some areas of Hull Royal Infirmary due to coronavirus.
In particular, people took umbrage with the fact that the filming would take place at a time when members of the public are not allowed to accompany their pregnant partners to baby scans and appointments.
Commenting in response to an article posted on Hull Live, one said: “So they can have a camera crew walking round A&E but birth partners and visitors are limited or aren’t allowed to come to baby scans – absolute joke.”
Another said: “Camera crews allowed to film for entertainment purposes, yet my partner isn’t allowed to appointments or scans for our unborn child.”
But Teresa Cope, Chief Operating Officer for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust explained the thinking behind the decision.
The hospital has ensured the crews, who will be restricted to the emergency department, will not create any additional risks.
“We have worked closely with them to ensure that, in documenting this very strange and challenging point in time, their presence does not create any additional risks.
“The crew will be taking all necessary precautions and ensuring social distancing is maintained while they are filming.”
Ms Cope acknowledged the frustration regarding the hospitals restricted access but emphasised the need to comply with the measures that only exist to keep people safe.
She continued: “We were able to relax some of our visiting rules at the start of this week, however we know there are still some people who are unhappy with restrictions which remain in place, particularly in areas where social distancing rules cannot be upheld such as scan rooms.
“We are sorry about this, however we continue to follow national guidance in relation to hospital visiting and we are asking people to adhere to the measures we have in place for everyone’s safety.
“Covid-19 is placing a huge amount of pressure on our staff and we feel it’s important to be able to show the impact of that.
“We are still seeing visitors becoming unnecessarily abusive or aggressive towards A&E staff because they can’t wait with relatives.
“This is the reality but it’s completely unacceptable; we hope by documenting this we can encourage more appropriate and respectful behaviour towards the people who are only here to help.”
Emergency department, Coronavirus, National Health Service
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