VIDEO: Beckenham's Bethlem Royal Hospital making television history with Channel 4 show (From News Shopper)
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VIDEO: Beckenham's Bethlem Royal Hospital making television history with Channel 4 show
A GROUNDBREAKING documentary series will show television viewers the reality of mental health services at Bethlem Royal Hospital for the first time.
Starting on Channel 4 tonight (October 31) the four part series starts with an in-depth look at the anxiety and disorders residential unit.
Located at the mental health hospital in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, the unit treats the most anxious people from across the country – and claims a success rate of three in four patients.
Some of these people are consumed by irrational fears they have caused a road accident in their sleep, harmed strangers or have intrusive thoughts.
The other three episodes focus on other aspects of mental health treatment provided by South London and Maudsley NHS Healthcare Trust (SLAM), which runs Bethlem.
SLAM’s chief executive Matthew Patrick said: “This is a great opportunity to promote public awareness and understanding of mental health.
“This is the most comprehensive access producers have ever had to a mental health trust and viewers will see our pioneering services, dedicated staff in action and our incredible patients as they battle with mental illness.
“We are very proud to be taking part in something so groundbreaking and I hope it goes some way to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.”
The series title, Bedlam, is based on the fact SLAM can trace its roots back to 1247 when the Priory of St Mary of Bethlehem was established in the City of London.
It became known as Bedlam and was the earliest form of what is now Bethlem Royal Hospital.
The series has been produced by The Garden Productions.
Series executive producer Amy Flanagan said: “I hope people watch Bedlam - and realise that unlike 750 years ago, it’s not a place where people come to laugh at the mentally ill, but where thousands of patients in hospital wards, residential units and out in the community are looked after by staff every single day.”
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