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.
Kerrie is rushed to A&E with a suspected stroke. Jitendra has severely cut his hand while cooking for his family. And Bayan, who's 24, is experiencing facial numbness
Seventy-four-year-old Ted and his wife Irene are on their tenth visit to A&E this year. Ted has already been diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, but his problems have got worse, and after getting blood test results he's been urgently sent to King's. As much as staff try to keep their emotions in check, Senior Sister Maria, who looks after Ted, finds herself profoundly affected by his situation and how he and his wife are coping. She says 'There are patients that will get to you. For Ted to have such a positive outlook, it can't but inspire you. There are a few Teds in my career that I will always remember.' Emergency medical technician Amanda is a key part of the team administering CPR to a man who's suffered cardiac arrest. She talks about the strain of trying desperately to save someone's life: 'The minute it's in the door, it affects me. You have to be professional and it is hard.' German doctor Roman is still getting used to the cultural differences between practising in Germany and the UK: 'I got the hints from nurses that you can't say "this or that" straight to a patient. You should imply a little bit more: "darling, please, would you mind?" and "unfortunately, I have to, I know it will hurt a little bit". The German way is see the problem, make it known and solve it. "Will it hurt, doctor?" "Yes".' A young man comes in with a splinter in his thumb, which he's had for a month; he is sent back to his GP. Another patient has fallen out of a tree, drunk. And a 40-year-old-man who's been kicked in the face during a football match needs stitches.
The team face a 12-hour night shift treating young men with stab wounds, as their friends gather in the A&E waiting room and tension mounts. 'For penetrating trauma to the chest, which are your stab wounds, King's is one of the busiest hospitals in Europe. The areas we serve in London are particularly high crime areas,' says Nurse Scott. 'Sometimes you're looking at two or three stabs a day so the numbers have risen; it seems that people's way of fighting has moved on from punching each other to using bats, to using knives, to using guns.' Seventeen-year-old Levi is the first stab victim to arrive after a fight on the street. His injuries aren't life-threatening, but he needs extensive stitching and an overnight stay. His mum is distraught, but Levi doesn't want to speak to the police about the attack. When two young men from different areas with stab wounds from the same fight come in, the staff know trouble is brewing and groups of their friends soon arrive. Other patients in this episode include a young woman who's been punched in the face and knocked to the ground, and a man who has had too much to drink at the House of Commons. And porters Brian and Kevin, who are responsible for moving patients, collecting bloods and taking specimens to the labs - as well as taking bodies to the mortuary - explain their passion for the job.
A London Underground worker undergoes tests to look for signs of a heart attack after collapsing at a Tube station, and recalls the difficulties he faced in his childhood. Doctors work to stabilise the chest and back injuries sustained by a man who fell in his garden, and a Royal Navy veteran comes to A&E with an infected splinter in his arm
A motorcyclist who lost control and went over the handlebars at high speed is sent for an urgent CT scan, having received significant damage to his back and neck. A 76-year-old woman is rushed to A&E after a fall at home. She is having breathing difficulties and doctors suspect an underlying infection is causing an array of problems. A man being examined for a broken foot shares
A 21-year-old is rushed into the emergency room with a suspected stroke. As the doctors run urgent tests, her dad reminisces. James arrives with a serious leg break after being thrown from his bike.
The episode follows three stories of people whose lives have been remarkably changed due to unforeseen circumstances. 46-year-old Claire has been sent to A&E by her GP with chronic back pain. Doctors are concerned she may be suffering a serious underlying spinal injury. Claire talks bravely about the life changing moment her sister passed away and the implications for her family. 44-year-old Anne Marie has been rushed to St George’s with a suspected stroke. Doctors have to act quickly to help prevent any long-lasting damage. Her best friend Tunji recalls the medical difficulties Anne Marie has had to overcome throughout her life. New born Gracie has been brought to St George’s paediatric department by new parents Danny and Jordan concerned she has an infected umbilical cord. Gracie’s parents discuss the life changes and joy of becoming parents for the first time.
A bartender and dad-to-be is in emergency room. An 88-year-old is rushed in after being found collapsed at home. And a young doctor describes how it feels giving bad news to patients.
Karan is rushed to St George's with a leg fracture from football. Will has a painful swelling on his head and recalls how his life changed after he was assaulted as a teenager.
On royal wedding day, patients - including David, who has fallen from a ladder, and John, who has fallen down stairs - and their relatives reflect on love, devotion and commitment.
A 21-year-old has crashed his motorbike into a telegraph pole and has serious leg and lung injuries. And a patient with the paralysing locked-in syndrome is struggling to breathe.
Twenty year-old Peta is rushed into Queen's Medical Centre after coming off her motorbike, her mum explains the struggle she went through raising a child with both Asperger's and ADHD. After a previous stabbing 21 year-old Callum was left with a stoma, he arrives at the hospital after it has badly prolapsed. Forty-four year-old Libby comes in after being hit in the face with a hockey stick, she tells the story of how her professional footballer husband taking on a new career path changed her life.
It’s a busy day in Resus for new consultant Sobi, with 15-year-old Gus going over the handlebars of his bike and Patricia, who's 73, in extreme pain due to a dislocated shoulder.
A 74-year-old comes to St George's after an unexplained fall. And a woman with possibly life-changing injuries from playing rugby talks about her issues with mental health.
73-year-old Marion, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, is admitted with a life-threatening infection. 83-year-old Roy suffers multiple injuries after falling off his roof. Five-year-old Laila cut her head open at school.
Katie is rushed to St George's by helicopter after a riding accident. The 46-year-old's horse has fallen on top of her, resulting in multiple broken bones and internal injuries. Amy has a deep laceration to her ankle after a party with her flatmates ended with her falling onto a gin glass, and Pamela has suffered a sudden bout of back pain, leaving her in agony.
A patient with an ankle injury recalls how meeting her husband saved her life. And 84-year-old Ioannis is treated for dizziness as his kids speak warmly of a brave, loving father.
27 year old father-to-be Josh has come off his motorbike at speed. Meanwhile, Georgie brings in her 10-month-old son Phoenix, who needs help after having sucked on a bleach tablet.
A train driver is rushed to St George's after colliding with a car. In addition, a gold-medal-winning 13-year-old BMX rider has a suspected pelvis injury after crashing at the race track.
Benoit, who's nine, has abdominal pains. Doctors are concerned that it may be appendicitis. Michelle has suspected sepsis. Charley-Ann has part of an earring stuck in her ear.
Sara, 46, is rushed in after a car crash with serious head and chest injuries, and 54 year-old Simon comes in after falling off his bike on his way to buy a helmet. As his condition deteriorates, Simon looks back on his life and the things he wishes he had done differently. Sixteen year-old James comes in with a severed finger after trying to climb a fence.
Colin has collapsed in his garage. Is it a stroke or linked to his brain tumour diagnosis? Dr Yuki reflects on life in lockdown. Tony, who's 88, has severe pain in his fingers.
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