Beyond the Bedpan had always felt that the portrayal of nurses on television was a bit hit and miss to say the least. If it’s not images of saucy nurses romping about with the doctors then it’s subservient, silent handmaidens.
So you’ll have to forgive us for being a bit sceptical when we tuned in to watch “Getting On”.
Beyond the Bedpan missed the first run of it when it was shown on BBC4 last year. In fact, to be honest, we didn’t even know there was a BBC 4. But luckily for us it’s being shown again on a “proper” channel.
The programme is set in Ward B4, “a world of slips, trips and hips, where healthcare is at its least glamorous”. Too right, the first 10 minutes involve the Bristol Stool Chart and last offices - comedy gold. Grey’s Anatomy this is not.
Beyond the Bedpan certainly laughed a lot, but then we started to wonder – does this go too far the other way? Far from sexualising nurses it shows them in the cold light of day. Would potential nurses be put off from entering the profession?
And, comedy one liners aside, is it any more realistic than the dizzy heights of Holby City? Should it be? Do programme makers have a responsibility to portray nursing accurately? Or should they concentrate on entertainment and let nurses’ work speak for itself?