The extraordinary staff and patients of the Royal Free London are returning to BBC Two this month, with an emotional new episode of Hospital.

The one-off episode charts the incredible journeys of patients and the staff who are caring for them as the trust grapples with the challenge of recovery following two years of the pandemic.

Hospital: Road To Recovery will be broadcast on Thursday 24 March at 9pm - two years after the UK entered its initial lock down and the team behind Hospital were first invited to film inside the Royal Free London.

Among those featured in the episode are 29-year-old dancer Lauren, who has been waiting two years for the vascular procedure she needs to return to the profession she loves, and 43-year-old nurse and mother of two Rebecca who has been diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer.  

The programme also puts a spotlight on the work of the team running the high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital, when Awa, a patient with Lassa fever, is transferred from another hospital 55 miles away.

Caroline Clarke, chief executive of the Royal Free London group, said: “We were delighted to welcome the team behind Hospital back to the trust. It’s a chance for the public to see some of the incredible work that is happening at our hospitals.

“Our staff have been simply astonishing over the past two years and this episode showcases some beautiful patient stories and really demonstrates that, in this new era for the NHS, we are just as committed to delivering the very best patient care as we’ve ever been.”

Watch Hospital: Road to Recovery on BBC Two Thursday 24 March at 9pm and then on BBC iPlayer.