Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service in a Day

Every day more than 200,000 people access the health service in Ireland. 200 babies are born. 80 people die. For this landmark series 75 camera crews were sent to 70 locations nationwide to film for just one day – a single 24-hour period on May 31st. Crews were given access to all aspects of the health service, with the co-operation of the HSE, hospitals and community services throughout the country. Patients generously allowed cameras to witness some of their most intimate and personal moments. Staff working at the coalface allowed unfettered access to their great work. Over the course of filming, camera crews captured the experiences of a hugely diverse range of staff and a steady stream of patients as they accessed care that day … from equine therapy for people with disabilities to public health nurses visiting rural bachelors to life saving lung transplants to sight saving eye surgery … Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service In A Day witnessed people’s everyday struggles and triumphs first hand. The result is a remarkable snapshot of a vast workplace and multi-layered stories of contemporary Irish life.

RTÉ One, 5 x 60′ series, 2016

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