Last night's viewing was compelling, but sometimes broadcasters need to take a little more care with what they screen. Approximately one in 500 people in the UK already have a stoma and the NHS carries out approximately 6,400 colostomy operations each year. I'll leave you to do the maths, but the chances are that last night's negative portrayal will have been watched by more than one 'interested' party. I'm thinking not just about patients in waiting, but also their families and friends too.
Once the production team started to research the series what they found was things we'd never seen before - the extent of cancelled ops, the failing targets, outsourcing of some procedures and 'health tourism'. But they also found extraordinary resilience, remarkably understanding patients and an ability to perform some of the best care and surgery in the world.
Slowly, as scientific research has developed our understanding of the biological nature of gender dysphoria, society has become more aware and accepting of the kind of suffering, fear and loss that trans people face - every bit as much as people who develop the physical pathologies of cancer, trauma or other disease.