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January 28, 2009 - Geoff Shearer

"This series of Everest ER, richly narrated by Doctor Who star David Tennant, was filmed over the 2007 Everest season and really allows you to get to know the two female doctors who staff the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic, which is really just a tent on the Khumbu Glacier.

Patients who have to be evacuated from this camp have to either leave on the back of a porter on a two-day walk or be airlifted out by helicopter if conditions are suitable."

Everest ER was a five part documentary series narrated by David Tennant.

It was shown on Australia's ABC1 8:00 pm on January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and February 5th, 2009.

It then aired on BBC One in the UK on May 25th, June 1, June 8th, June 15th and, June 22nd 2009.

EPISODE ONE - MAY 25, 2009

Summit season is about to start at Everest Basecamp, and the doctors working at the highest hospital in the world gear up to deal with a constant stream of life-threatening emergencies.

With hundreds of climbers about to enter the death zone, it is only a matter of time before Everest claims its first casualties.




At the foot of Mount Everest, a climber comes into the basecamp clinic at death's door. Can the doctors save his life and fly him out?

As the Everest summit season gets underway, climbers are exposed to a lethal range of high-altitude illnesses, trauma and frostbite, and the world's highest clinic gets busier and busier.

At the world's highest hospital at Everest Basecamp, volunteer doctors treat the first major frostbite case of the season, and UK scouts head for summit glory.

Perched in a tent on the Khumbu Glacier, the basecamp clinic is the frontline of high-altitude medicine where doctors battle to save the lives of climbers who run into trouble in the death zone.



At Everest Base Camp, a UK scout pays a painful price for reaching the top, and three climbers set off for a record-breaking second summit in seven days.

With base camp melting and the monsoon approaching, is there still time to risk a final push to the top?

Doctors at Everest Base Camp deal with the biggest emergency of the season when a young woman is found unconscious near the summit. Tensions rise at the clinic as a dangerous high-altitude rescue is mounted to bring her down.

And three climbers attempt a record-breaking second summit in a week.

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