Channel 4 documentary to feature amazing organ donation and transplant stories

14 January 2022

Geordie Hospital is a new series for Channel 4 based in Newcastle Hospitals, which includes the Freeman Hospital, a transplant unit.

The show celebrates the extraordinary work being performed by NHS staff across their shifts. The six-part show follows world class medics and their dedicated support teams as they pull together to save and transform lives forever.

Starting on Monday 17 January at 8pm, the first hour-long episode following patients and staff will feature two stories highlighting organ donation and transplantation.

In the first episode, consultant transplant surgeon, Colin Wilson, performs a live kidney transplant on Kimberly, using an organ which her older sister, Debra, has bravely donated.

It will also feature consultant Emma Simpson, who changes the machine that is powering 4-year-old Kit’s mechanical heart to one which enables him to leave the hospital grounds for the first time in months, as he awaits a heart transplant.

Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust commented: “We wanted to show the very best of Newcastle in a warm and engaging way – focussing on our world class clinicians as well as our extremely valued support staff who are all equally important in caring for our patients.

“I’m very grateful to all of the staff and patients who gave their time and expertise to help us make this programme.”

The first of the six weekly episodes of Geordie Hospital will be on Channel 4 at 8pm on Monday, or you can catch up afterwards on All4. Please watch and share to highlight the amazing work of transplant units and their staff, the bravery of patients and the importance of organ donation.