Twitterers to quiz brain surgeons
A piece on guardian.com caught my eye just now – “Twitter users to quiz brain surgeons during live operations for C4 show”. Now, I love Twitter, and am all for freedom of information, but I’m not too sure I’d want anyone scalpel deep in my brain to be distracted by inane questions from @fanofsurgery …..
Here is the original post: Personnel Today
Surgeons will respond to Twitter messages to try to allow viewers to experience the drama of the operating theatre
Viewers will be able to interact live with surgeons via Twitter as they carry out major operations such as heart and brain surgery for a new Channel 4 series.
The four-part series, which will air between 25 and 28 May, will involve surgeons taking questions via the micro-blogging website as well as by phone and email to allow viewers to experience the minute-by-minute drama of the operating theatre.
Viewers will even be able to speak to surgeons by phone at appropriate points during some of the operations.
Channel 4 said The Operation: Surgery Live would be the first time on British television that viewers would have the chance to interact with surgeons as they went about their work.
Top surgeons from leading NHS hospital trusts including Papworth, Southampton General, Addenbrooke’s and King’s College Hospital, London, will talk viewers through heart and brain operations, tumour removal and stomach surgery. The series, which will be fronted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, will be produced by Windfall Films in association with Wellcome Collection, the public venue in London run by medical research charity The Wellcome Trust.
Channel 4 said that with the operations playing out in real time, viewers would “gain an unprecedented understanding of the surgeons’ skill, precision and dexterity that makes them the best in their fields as well as the challenges faced by surgical teams every day in hospitals around the UK”.
Channel 4’s commissioning editor for science, David Glover, said: “Surgeons routinely teach and talk observers through operations. Now, for the first time, viewers will be able to interact with surgeons as they carry out life-changing procedures.
“We hope that the series will de-mystify surgery, encourage discussion and help viewers to understand their own bodies, as well as showing the care, dedication and skill that goes into modern surgery.”
Francis Wells, a heart surgeon at Papworth Hospital, added: “Most people have no idea what goes on inside their bodies and I believe that the more they understand and appreciate how their bodies work, the more they may look after their own health. This event will also give people the rare insight into how we carry out this surgery and to appreciate the skill of the whole team involved.”
Clare Matterson, the Wellcome Trust director for medicine, society and history, said she hoped the series would “enable people to engage directly with the worlds of medicine and science”.
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