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The day we played host to BBC News

BBC national news broadcasts live from our telemedicine hub.

BBC News broadcasted live from our digital care hub at Airedale General Hospital to millions of viewers worldwide. 

The filming during February 2017 was part of a themed and nationwide "NHS Week" of stories, exploring both the reasons behind recent pressures on services and - in our case - some of the potential solutions and new ways of working for the future, such as telemedicine. 

The film crew based themselves in the hub for the day, beaning live transmissions to a number of national and international BBC News bulletins at key times in the morning, afternoon and evening. 

They interviewed us about our telemedicine service as well as finding out during the day the types and numbers of calls we are taking; what advice we are able to offer; and what would have happened to our patients if the call had not been made to the hub.  

In parallel to this, they also filmed at the  Cravenside Residential Home for Older People in Barnoldswick, where they asked residents what they thought of the service as well as illustrating what happens on a typical call from their perspective.

The film crew was led by Jamie Coulson, Health Reporter, who has featured our telemedicine service before. 

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