We're all just one wrong step, one sudden illness or one unlucky break away from A&E. It's a place where dramatic stories of love, life and death unfold every day. With 90 cameras filming round the clock for 7 weeks, this series offers unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest A&E departments, at St George's Hospital in London. Each programme focuses on patients who were treated within the same 24-hour period. The series captures the joy and heartache faced by patients and their families, as well as the hard work and professionalism of the A&E staff. From life-threatening traumas to embarrassing mishaps, 24 Hours in A&E is an intimate, powerful and sometimes comic insight into life - and death - on the frontline of the NHS.
Eleven-month-old Isabel is rushed to St George's after suffering a fit and losing consciousness, while 22-year-old Felix is brought to A&E with a self-inflicted stab wound to his stomach. Retired engineer Bill, 68, fell 15ft from a ladder while cutting a leylandii hedge. He arrives by air ambulance with breathing difficulties and suspected multiple fractures.
This episode focuses on young men in their prime. One is a fitness fanatic who arrives seriously injured after a canal barge accident, while another is a pre-operative transsexual with a sore finger following a night's clubbing. Nineteen-year-old Josh is flown to King's College Hospital by air ambulance having been crushed between a barge and a bridge while working on a canal. A&E consultant Firas and his team set to work on the teenager. Once he's out of immediate danger their attention turns to a potentially life-changing injury - and every man's worst nightmare - a possible penile fracture. Despite their own fears, Josh's mum and dad attempt to lighten the atmosphere by cracking jokes, but for nurse Leanne it's no laughing matter: 'In the back of your mind you're thinking: You know, it might not be funny in the long run, because it could be something serious. He's only 19. He's probably going to want a family...' In minors, best friends Liam and Nicola are recovering from a Sunday night out clubbing. But an injured finger isn't Liam's only concern. He's also thinking about his upcoming gender reassignment, which will require hormones and - eventually - surgery. Meanwhile, in resus, 80-year-old Jean has been brought to King's by ambulance after collapsing at home. Jean has terminal cancer; she's exhausted and anaemic. Jean's husband, John, is her greatest support. 'You're everything, aren't you: the nurse, the chef,' says Dr Catherine. Jean and John have been together for over 60 years; it's their tender, supportive relationship that helps them to cope. 'He deserves a medal,' says Jean.Watch Now:Amazon
Keen rugby player Robert has a dangerously high heart rate and may need to have a pacemaker fitted - a scary thought for the nine-year-old's father. Mark, 32, has fallen 30ft from scaffolding while doing some DIY, and there's concern he may have damaged his spine. Christine, 74, arrives in A&E after an accident in her garden, and she's suffered nasty injuries to her face.Watch Now:Amazon
This episode focuses on some of the youngest patients who visit A&E and the staff who care for them. Eight-year-old Billy is rushed to St George's after being crushed by falling bricks that were being stored on his front drive. His dad Shaun recounts the horror of finding out about the accident: 'I was in the back garden... I heard a scream and I wasn't too sure if it was Billy, when I ran out there it was just horrible, absolutely horrible.' An X-ray reveals that Billy has fractured his femur and he faces emergency surgery to give him the best chance of walking normally again. Six-year-old Luther has a metal washer stuck on his finger.
Zach, who's 25, is rushed to A&E after completely severing four fingers in a building site accident. A&E staff and plastic surgeons work hard to assess the damage and stem the extremely bloody wound. Zach and his girlfriend Betsy wait anxiously to find out if his fingers can be re-attached. Former teacher Ricky, who's 85, has hurt her back after falling at home, and 10-year-old Daquon was hit by a motorbike when he was on his way to school. He has memory loss and a badly broken arm.
The A&E documentary series turns its attention to care and kindness at St George's Hospital in south-west London, highlighting altruistic acts from staff, patients and visitors alike. A 13-year-old cyclist experiencing bouts of unconciousness is sent for a CT scan, and 84-year-old Ursula, who was born in Germany, arrives in resus having lost a lot of blood during a series of severe nose-bleeds. Plus, 76-year-old Margaret is brought in to St George's after suffering a suspected stroke during a routine appointment at another hospital, and the doctors must quickly administer a clot-busting drug if they are to prevent further damage to her brain
Tree surgeon David, 27, is airlifted to St George's after falling 40ft to the ground, hitting several branches on his way down and landing head-first onto concrete. Having been knocked unconscious for 10 minutes, the medical team must urgently assess him for internal injuries. Anne, 74, arrives with a sharp pain in her chest, 51-year-old taxi driver Mark receives treatment for a cut on his finger caused by broken glass, and 92-year-old Betty is brought in by ambulance after her carers found her with slurred speech and a shaking handWatch Now:Amazon
The staff at St George's tackle one of their most dramatic and unusual emergencies. Rail worker Alan has been hit by a high-speed train and is at risk of losing his right arm.
This episode shows how a trip to A&E can act as a long overdue wake-up call. Malcolm, who's 56, has been rushed to King's after suffering a cardiac arrest, and is on life support. His wife Heather found him when his heart stopped and she managed to resuscitate him after two minutes, before the paramedics arrived. Heather and Malcolm's daughters feel that his survival was fate as Heather wouldn't usually have been at home to save him. Phil, who's 36, has come to King's with chronic pain in his back and side. Nightclub host Phil lives on tequila and milk, with virtually no solids. It's clear that Phil's party lifestyle, including over 100 units of alcohol a week, is taking its toll. As he's treated, Phil reflects on living the life of a 21-year-old at 36. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Kamilla is rushed to King's after being knocked down by a car on a pedestrian crossing on her way home from school. Doctors are worried that she has injured her head and neck. While Kamilla is scanned by doctors, her mother Nora talks about coming to England from Lithuania, her first impressions of London and her strong bond with her daughter. Finally, 61-year-old Bob has come in to A&E after developing numbness in his arm. Medics discover that Bob has suffered a stroke. His son Steven talks emotionally about what his father means to him, while he tries to keep a sense of humour.
At King's, husbands and wives reflect on their enduring marriages and the changing nature of love, while the A&E staff talk about the wisdom that comes with experience. Scott is the senior nurse in charge of a very busy shift in Resus. All the beds are full, a trauma has just arrived and an air ambulance trauma is on its way. Pauline, who's 56, has had a fall at home, hitting her head on a table. She smashed her teeth, but the main concern is injury to her spine and neck. Pauline's propensity for accidents is a constant worry for her husband, John. Soon after, the air ambulance brings in satellite and aerial-fitter David from Sussex. The 62-year-old has fallen 30 feet head-first from a roof. He has life-threatening injuries to his head, chest and abdomen. His wife Pam is being blue-lighted into London by the police. Opera critic John and his wife Gudrun are in minors. John injured his leg on a skiing holiday and has pain in his ankle. They've been together for 48 years and John admits the longevity of their relationship probably comes down to his wife being in charge. Meanwhile, window cleaner Alfred, who still works at the age of 78, has had to come to terms with life without Peggy, his wife of nearly 60 years, who recently died in a nursing home.Watch Now:Amazon
The medical team faces a range of sport and drink-related injuries on a busy Saturday. But things turn darker when a family party goes horribly wrong, leaving a father and son with life-threatening injuries. Every year 750,000 people are treated at A&E for injuries suffered during recreational activities, mostly at weekends. Ball games account for 300,000 of those, with football the number one culprit, closely followed by rugby. But as evening approaches, sporting injuries begin to make way for the results of another favourite British recreational pastime - drinking. It's a huge issue: there were three million alcohol-related admissions to A&E last year, with half of the patients under 25. Two 19-year-old girls are waiting for treatment after falling when the bar they were dancing on collapsed, while bricklayer Colin has been badly cut by someone trying to mug him. But the evening takes a dramatic turn when a father and son, Morris and Jamie, are rushed into A&E badly injured after being attacked by gatecrashers, one armed with a Samurai sword, at a family birthday party.Watch Now:Amazon
In the third programme, eleven-year-old Kofi is rushed into Resus, critically injured after being hit by a van. His father, Wayne, sits by Kofi's bedside praying for his recovery: 'I remember when Kofi was born I counted all his fingers and toes and held him in the air'. Meanwhile, 73-year-old Roger Jackson is coming to terms with his own mortality. A member of The Tornados, the first British group to top the US chart in the Sixties, Roger confesses that, despite having cancer, he wouldn't give up his rock 'n' roll fame for his health. Back in Resus, senior consultant Chris Lacy is tested to the limit when three trauma patients arrive in quick succession: one has been shot in the face, another has been stabbed in the chest and a third has been knifed in the head. As armed police arrive and a gang gathers outside A&E, tempers flare and Chris calls for calm as Kofi fights for his life.Watch Now:Amazon
The second programme in the series reveals the stories of individuals who started the day with little in common, but found themselves being treated by the King's A&E team in the same 24-hour period. A day that, for many of them, would change their lives. The 'red phone' from the ambulance service rings, signalling the imminent arrival of a seriously ill patient. Thirty-one-year-old Brendan has had a head-on collision between his motorbike and a car, 'bulls-eyeing' the windscreen. Brendan's broken both his wrists, but he's most worried about injuries to his testicles: he's so bruised that his penis looks like a 'purple carrot'. And he's decided to hang up his bike keys. Teenager Alex turns up with nasty injuries to his hand after punching through a window. Will he learn a lesson once he's been patched up by the A&E staff? Meanwhile, sisters Pat and Alice are concerned about when they can get a sandwich from mobile tuck-shop operator, Pritpal. And after the Resus team struggle to revive two patients in their eighties, they discuss what they would want done for them in a similar situation.Watch Now:Amazon
Max, 16, is brought to King's College Hospital by air ambulance after falling 14ft onto his face at a skate park, and the results of the CT scan show a life-threatening bleed on his brain, meaning the next 12 hours are critical, as well as being an agonising wait for his parents. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Hector has injured his hip playing football and needs an X-ray to confirm whether his leg is broken.
Pub landlord Tony is brought in with burnt legs as a result of his barbecue gas cylinder exploding - made slightly worse by the fact he was only wearing boxer shorts at the time. Henry, a 93-year-old war veteran, is rushed in with severe breathing difficulties, and builder Bill was knocked unconscious after falling off his shed. His CT scan reveals he has broken his neck in three places, and he may need surgery to avoid damage to his spinal cordWatch Now:Amazon
This time highlighting the stories of patients who received support from loved ones when life became tough. Gerald, a 66-year-old trained lifeguard and polo club official is rushed into A&E, having sustained a serious head wound after a 10-foot fall. The friends and family of 55-year-old Beverly gather at the hospital when she is admitted with a broken leg after being hit by a car near her home, and Paul, a 39-year-old father-of-three, arrives in resus with a nasty cut to his right arm. Paul complains that he is unable to move his fingers, leading staff to believe be may have significant tendon or nerve damage that could leave him permanently unable to use his hand
This episode focuses on the bond between married couples in the face of testing circumstances. Corey, who's 27, is rushed to St George's after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game of ice hockey. His wife of seven days, Alice, was watching him play when he collapsed. As Corey arrives in Resus, the medical team learn that his brain has been deprived of oxygen for over 25 minutes and doctors put him in an induced coma to prevent further damage to his brain and major organs. Nurse Liz talks about the difficulty in predicting the long term outcome of cases like Corey's: 'until the patient has woken up, you've got no idea how this has affected them, how badly brain damaged they've got, how they are going to function.' John, who's 55, fell 10 feet while taking down scaffolding at home.
This episode follows staff as they unravel the mystery of an unknown patient who arrives after collapsing and falling face first in the street. The team manage to contact his two daughters as they race to find out what may have caused him to fall unconscious. Twenty-nine-year-old Rick comes to minors after an accident at the gym, and three-year-old Marigold, who has signs of a chest infection, is in paediatrics with her mum Helen.Watch Now:Amazon
This episode focuses on the bond between families and what holds them together through thick and thin. John, who's 84, is rushed to St George's after losing control of his car and crashing into a road sign. He bullseyed his windscreen, and when his blood pressure drops dangerously low doctors declare a Code Red, giving him an emergency blood transfusion. As doctors discover that John has a broken pelvis and will need emergency surgery, his wife Gwynaeth talks about how she's leaned on John over their years of marriage: 'I don't think I know anyone else who I could rely on who could get me over the humps.' Reggie, who's seven, has broken his arm while doing a cartwheel to celebrate England beating Wales at Euro 2016.Watch Now:Amazon
This episode explores how life can change in the blink of an eye and how life or death depends on the actions of those around you when things go wrong. Leanne is the sister in charge of Resus today. Kevin, who's 78, is rushed to A&E by ambulance after suffering a cardiac arrest while exercising at the gym. Luckily for Kevin, gym instructor Jeff was nearby and was trained to use the gym's portable defibrillator to save his life. Kevin's wife Maureen was next door in the gym's swimming pool while all this was going on and came out of the changing rooms to find out that her husband's heart had stopped for a minute. Kevin begins to stabilise and he's sent to the specialist cardiac catheter lab for an emergency procedure. Meanwhile, 23-year-old paramedic Declan has been brought into A&E by his colleague Amy. He's feeling dizzy and junior doctor Sammy is concerned that there are signs he may have a problem with his brain so she sends him for an emergency CT scan to find out what's happening. And 83-year-old Monica has been rushed to King's after falling at home. Monica suffers from osteoporosis and is complaining of numbness in her leg after the fall. Her initial x-ray appears to indicate that she's suffered a broken neck. As she's treated, Monica talks about scrumping apples as a child, missing out on being a mother and losing her husband in a tragic accident.
Four year old Billy has fallen on her face, while ten year old Ryan has fallen and badly damaged his spleen. Also, Maureen, who has multiple system atrophy, is struggling to breathe.
John has been in a cycling accident. He went over his handlebars and was unconscious for 10 minutes. Sydney has severe chest pains, while Alan has fallen and fractured his elbow.
This episode focuses on how love can pull you through the hardest of times. Michelle, who's 54, is airlifted to St George's after being involved in a car crash with her husband Paul in Surrey. She was given a blood transfusion at the scene and doctors work quickly to get her to CT to ascertain the full extent of her injuries. Her daughter Toni talks about when her mum was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and split personality disorder and how her dad gave up work to become Michelle's full-time carer. Derren, who's 41, has fractured his ankle while trampolining with his 12-year-old daughter Macie. Doctors are concerned that the injury may have affected the blood supply to his foot and need to work quickly to realign his ankle.
This episode meets patients and families looking to the future rather than dwelling on the past. Scott, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, has badly cut his knee on a night out.
54 year old Richard arrives to A&E suffering symptons of a suspected stroke. Neurology registrar Vijay works quickly to assess what may have happened and Richard is sent to CT.Watch Now:Amazon