One of the longest-running medical dramas will be hanging up its scrubs for one last time in 2022.

The BBC has issued a statement delivering the news that 'Holby City' will end after 23 years on our screens.

The medical drama begin in January 1999 and has been running weekly ever since. During its time on BBC One, the series has earned over 100 television award nominations and has, on the whole, remained a popular draw for audiences of daytime television.

However, the series will now end in March, 2022. The BBC cites their reason for the axing as a way to "reshape the BBC's drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country".

Although the city exterior is represented by Bristol, and the series is set in the fictional county of Wyvern, 'Holby City' is filmed at BBC Elstree Centre in Borehamwood, just outside of London.

The BBC has released a statement on the matter, which reads: "We are incredibly proud of 'Holby City' but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.

"We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC's commitment to make more programmes across the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to bring the show to a close in order to reshape the BBC's drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at BBC Studios and all the cast and crew who have been involved in the show since 1999.

"Holby has been a stalwart with audiences, delighting millions of viewers each week and winning hundreds of awards with a compelling mix of cutting edge medical stories and explosive personal stories.

"We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure that when it ends, Holby goes out on a high."

Until next March, the series will continue to air on BBC One every Tuesday. The show's official Twitter account shared their reaction to the news.

Some fans have been devastated with the axing of the series, and have already set up a petition to stop the BBC's decision.