Fern Britton is set to present a documentary series about the NHS.

Fern Britton

Fern Britton

The 60-year-old TV presenter will investigate how hospitals and NHS workers are battling to prevent infectious diseases and how staff manage to keep wards and theatres spotless, in the new BBC One docu-series.

The show, which is called 'Matron, Medicine And Me', will air its first episode on Sunday (15.07.18), and will follow Fern as she tries to keep pace with employees who work tirelessly to ensure hospitals remain pristine.

During the upcoming episode, Fern will try out a mop with a throwaway cloth at its end which flips off, and she jokes: "It's like taking off your knickers at night."

Fern has previously thanked the NHS for looking after her late mother and shared a picture of some broad beans she planted in her mother's honour, even though she didn't eat vegetables during her 94 years.

She wrote: "Broad Beans in memory of my mum who never ate a green veg in her life! Ps Thank you @NHSEngland for all your loving care. #ThankGodForTheNHS (sic)"

Fern was flooded with messages of support from her fans and friends, including Paul Ross and Clare Balding, and later thanked everyone for their "thoughtful" words.

She added: "Thank you got all your kind and thoughtful messages. The kindness of strangers is not to be undervalued. With love. Xxx. (sic)"

Fern lost her mother in April, and she subsequently took to Twitter to pay tribute to the retired World War II army sergeant.

Alongside a photograph of her mother, she wrote: "My Mum. Ruth. Both mother and father to me. Funny, ferocious, and a woman once met, you couldn't forget. 24.1.24 / 17.4.18 . So brave and uncomplaining. An army sergeant WW2, beauty queen, teacher, and all woman. (sic)"