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Matron, Medicine and Me

Series 1

Episode 3: Oritse Williams

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

In the third programme of this series about the NHS, former JLS star Oritse Williams uses his experience of caring for his mum's MS to examine how the NHS has taken care of the nation's elderly population. His mum has recently moved into a new assisted flat and Oritse visits her to see how she is settling in. He talks to his mum about her MS and the impact it had on him growing up.

Ortise then travels to Tredegar in south Wales to discover more about Aneurin Bevan, the man they call the father of the health service. He talks to a local man about the local workers' medical aid scheme that is said to have inspired Bevan to create the NHS. Oritse then travels to Cardiff to examine how the NHS cares for the elderly today by looking at a day hospital and a pioneering project that helps elderly people with mental health problems. He meets staff and patients as they receive treatment designed to keep them independent. He meets with a group of ladies whose husbands all suffer from various forms of dementia. Over an emotional conversation, he shares his experience of the strains of being a carer. Inspired by his visit to Wales, Oritse gathers his friends and family together to throw his mum a surprise party at her flat. He concludes that although his family have been through a lot, he is very lucky. Show less

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