BBC medical dramas Casualty and Holby City will donate protective equipment and other kit from their sets to the NHS as the UK battles coronavirus.

Producers are in discussions with local NHS services to give personal protective equipment [PPE] “and other useful medical items to assist them”.

Both shows have suspended production.

The health secretary has said there have been “challenges” with the supply of PPE to NHS staff in England after staff warned they were at risk.

Executive producer Simon Harper said: “Casualty and Holby City are all about celebrating NHS heroism, so we are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real life medics battling this situation.”

Casualty and Holby City Executive Producer, Simon Harper

Casualty is normally filmed in Cardiff, while Holby is based at Elstree studios in Hertfordshire. A spokesperson did not confirm how much kit would be donated or the nature of the other items.