GP's flying visit to see patients
Island Hospital ITV1, 9pm
"SOONER or later, everyone comes here. It's where people are brought into the world, where their broken bones are mended, and it's one of the reasons that people here have the seventh highest life expectancy in the world."
No, it's not Holby City. This new series shines a light on the Channel Islands, at the heart of which is the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, serving 66,000 residents, exploring island life through the eyes of its staff and patients.
Outpatients at the Princess Elizabeth live within a 120-mile radius on six different islands, so seeing a doctor can be an unusual affair. To reach morning surgery, armbands are pretty much an essential.
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Unsurprising then that, for more than 20 years, David Pring has been both a qualified surgeon and a fully licensed pilot, meaning he's able to serve the community efficiently by flying himself to house calls. Although it should be said the minimum requirement is a large back garden.
Tonight, David flies to Alderney, the most northerly of the Channel Islands, to visit 82-year-old Robin who's fallen at home and damaged his hip.
"It's the most efficient way to get around if you can fly yourself," explains David. "Otherwise you're heavily dependent on the commercial flights and they don't always fit in with clinic times." True. It's why I recently stopped seeing that GP in Melbourne.
Elsewhere, hospital chef Wilkie embarks on an ambitious ice-cream wedding cake for a nurse's wedding. Should keep well in the morgue.