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The Hospital: Your Life in Their Hands | Preview (Channel 5)

It doesn’t matter who you are, each of has only one heart - and if it stops, so do you. In this dramatic and emotional new series, we’re going inside the pioneering NHS Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank, near Glasgow, to follow dedicated staff as they mend hearts, physically and metaphorically, providing a lifeline to patients and their loved ones in the toughest of times.

Right now, heart disease is still one of Britain's biggest killers, taking one person every three minutes - but here there is hope, warmth and love. This place is literally all heart.

Fifty-four-year-old Andy was admitted to the cardiac unit nearly two months ago after collapsing at home from a major heart attack. The team have battled to repair his failing heart, but the only thing that will save him is a heart transplant.

Now he and his partner of 25 years, Shabana, must wait for a suitable doner heart to become available. Meanwhile though, Andy’s specialist team is running out of options for ways to keep his heart pumping.

The hospital’s specialist heart transplant team don’t just treat patients before and during surgery – they look after them for a lifetime after. Sixty-one-year-old Steve had a heart transplant 13 years ago after becoming incredibly ill with heart failure.

The heart transplant has given him a whole new lease of life – and now he’s been able to get back to the big passion in his life: competitive cycling. Another long-term patient is 27-year-old Rebecca, who was born with a condition where one of the chambers in her heart doesn’t work properly.

She has come in with some worrying symptoms. Rebecca needs on operation to change the batteries in her pacemaker, which keeps her heart beating regularly. But she’s been suffering from breathlessness due to a build-up of fluid in her body, which could be a sign of heart failure. It’s a worrying time for her fiancé Steph and her mum June.

The Hospital: Your Life in Their Hands begins Monday 3rd June at 9pm on Channel 5.


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