New podcast goes behind the scenes at leading teaching hospital

Vital Signs is a new podcast capturing the daily lives of the people and services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Following on the back of the BBC television series Saving Lives in Leeds, the eight-part access all areas documentary that aired earlier in the year, the Trust is now inviting listeners to take a deeper dive into some of the key areas of the hospital’s work.

Each 30-minute episode of the four-part podcast brings several voices together to explore a particular speciality they work in.

One episode unveils the power of play at Leeds Children’s Hospital, where specialist playworker Natalie uses distraction and preparation techniques, tailored for each young person to help them process and manage their appointments.

In the episode on future talent, a midwifery degree apprentice and a pioneering gynaecology surgeon give two very different accounts of their working lives and how their learning brings about better patient care.

In the tenth anniversary year of the Major Trauma Centre at Leeds, different characters bring their working day to life, and they talk about the importance and challenges of getting along with each other and why Leeds is leading in the field of trauma care.

And a fourth episode follows the story in the liver transplant team and the journey that takes place to deliver a new organ to a patient. Leeds is a national centre for liver transplant, just one of the specialties that sets the Trust apart.

Shahid Farid, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals said “I was keen to take part in this new podcast series, to reveal some of the behind-the-scenes activity at work in a large and incredibly busy teaching hospital such as Leeds.

“We undertake some exceptional work here in Leeds, not just for patients in the city, but as a specialist centre for patients travelling from further afield. To be able to spotlight some of those services and the complex number of people involved, is a really great opportunity.”

The first episode of Vital Signs is released today, Tuesday 29 August, with following episodes available every Monday on all main podcast platforms.

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