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BBC medical dramas Holby City and Casualty are donating PPE (personal protective equipment) to the NHS to be used in the battle against COVID-19.

Hospital dramas often depict staff working with face masks and other PPE workwear. They usually use hospital-grade PPE to make the shows look authentic. For example, the US medical drama Station 19 had 300 N95 type masks in its props department, which have since been given to local firefighters. Grey’s Anatomy donated its stocks of gowns and gloves, and another US drama, The Resident, gave away medical equipment to a hospital near the studios.

Casualty and Holby City are filmed in Cardiff studios near the University Hospital of Wales and Cardiff Royal Infirmary. The Executive Producer of both programs, Simon Harper, said that the dramas are about celebrating the staff who are heroes working in the NHS:

“We are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real life medics battling this situation. We are in discussion with local NHS services and will be donating personal protective equipment (PPE) and other useful medical items to assist them.”

The two BBC hospital dramas have suspended filming due to the coronavirus situation. Episodes already filmed are enough to continue the series on the BBC for a while. 

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