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40 Minutes: London Lighthouse

on BBC Two England

An insight into the first few months of Britain's first purpose-built AIDS hospice. London Lighthouse is an experiment. The building is striking. The approach to nursing is radical. The project could provide a model for the health care of the future.

Beatty King, 26, is one of 15 nurses working at Lighthouse. On night shift, she spends the small hours gently negotiating with Colin, who's desperate to smoke, and sitting with Christopher, who is close to death.

The patients appreciate having as much say as possible in how they are looked after. But as relationships develop, emotional pressures increase. Beatty admits, 'I don't think I realised what I was letting myself in for....'

(Ceefax subtitles)


Beatty King
Loraine Smith
Nigel Meakin
Film Editor:
Denise Perrin
Sam Organ
40 Minutes Editor:
Edward Mirzoeff

BBC Two England

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