Northwick Park Hospital’s A&E department is currently the focus of a major TV series being aired on ITV2.
Emergency Nurses follows the working lives of a group of nurses working in Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, including its large community of Filipino nurses.
A film crew spent several months embedded in the department, and captured the ever important role played by young nurses and healthcare assistants in the NHS. The cast include Filipinos ‘RJ’ and Lou who feature prominently in the series.
RJ, who found himself being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit, during the covid-19 pandemic said: “A&E isn’t for everyone. It can make you or break you. It is a very fast paced environment but is very special to my heart. I love the adrenaline rush it gives me.”
Senior nurse RJ is also the department’s self-appointed social secretary and his skills outside work including cake baking and karaoke. – “I think this bunch of people I am with right now are my greatest source of joy and laughter.”
These include best friend Lou who believes Filipinos are ideally suited to the profession saying: “Fillipinos make good nurses because they love looking after people.
“I always remind myself that we (nurses) are not heroes at the end of the day. You can try your best to save people’s lives but we don’t have a special kind of power.”
Chief Executive Pippa Nightingale said: “We often see senior NHS figures appearing on TV and it’s quite right to highlight the work of our younger colleagues.
“They have made an extraordinary contribution during the past two years and it’s important for the public to see the pressures they face every day.
“The NHS is in safe hands with people like them, and I’m proud that their work is being shared with a wider audience.”
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