The Big Hospital Experiment, a new four-part series on BBC2, sees 14 young volunteers spend six weeks delivering patient care on the NHS frontline at Royal Derby Hospital
Feeling like they can’t give their patients the time and care they’d like to, nursing staff at The Royal Derby Hospital have embarked on an experiment to try to redress the balance.
For six weeks, 14 volunteers aged 18-24 are helping nurses on the wards – from hourly patient checks to washing, feeding and chatting to those in need.
While some take to caring easily, others find it overwhelming.
The nurses think one volunteer is ‘too posh to wash’, as he struggles with the hands-on personal care required by some patients.
It’s a very steep learning curve, but by the end of the week it’s heartening to see the change in the young volunteers.