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What we do

The team are responsible for promoting the work and latest developments from Leicester’s Hospitals, including world and UK firsts; inspirational and powerful stories about patients treated at Leicester’s Hospitals; general enquiries about Leicester’s Hospitals and our services; provide expert spokespeople to talk about specific health condition stories; areas of expertise and specialist patient services, and arrangements for media in the event of a major incident.

A man filming using a hand-held television camera

Filming and photography requests

As a large teaching hospital, Leicester’s Hospitals regularly receives requests for filming and photography on our premises.

All such requests should be directed to the Communications Team in the first instance. Unless agreed otherwise, film crews and photographers must be accompanied by a member of the Communications Team at all times.

Location filming

We also facilitate location filming at Leicester’s Hospitals for production companies and independent film makers. While we charge fees for this filming, our rates are very competitive.

Please contact the Communications Team on 0116 258 8963 for an informal discussion about location filming or email communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Condition checks for patients

We place great emphasis on patient confidentiality.

We will not divulge any information about a patient unless we are given permission by the individual or their next of kin.  Requests to interview/ photograph/ film patients must be made through the Communications Team.

Please do not try to directly contact the wards.

When requesting information about the condition of a patient, the following rules and guidelines apply:

  1. Journalists wanting to check on the condition of a patient must have the patient’s full name and date of birth.

  2. We cannot divulge any information about a patient without permission from the patient, or their next of kin.  If the patient or their next of kin has specifically requested that no information is released to the media about their condition, their wishes will always be respected.

  3. If permission is granted, only a brief indication of the patient’s condition will be given; for example, comfortable, stable or critical.