The RTS award-winning 24 Hours in A&E returns for a brand new 14-part series, offering a dramatic and revelatory insight into love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS. Filmed around the clock for six weeks at King’s College Hospital in south London, one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments, each programme focuses on people 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 staff. This time there’s even more access to the work done by King’s A&E, with 91 high definition cameras reaching new areas: the CT scanner room, where life and death diagnoses are made, Paediatric A&E, where children are treated, and the newly-expanded Resus room.
The first episode kicks off during the morning rush hour, meeting workers who set off on their daily commute but find themselves fighting for their lives in the skilful hands of the A&E team. Two cyclists arrive with serious head injuries. IT analyst Christopher hit a log on his way to work, and concerns are raised when scans show a bleed on his brain. Meanwhile, Brighton cyclist Sarah swerved to avoid a pedestrian when riding at 30mph downhill without a helmet. She’s airlifted to King’s by HEMS, the helicopter emergency service who deal with some of the most serious trauma cases. Also brought in by helicopter is father-of-four Kevin, who fell from scaffolding while repairing a roof. The next few hours are critical for him. And 80-year-old former docker Bill has hurt his knee while drinking at his local working men’s club, but he soon perks up in the company of nurse Laura. 24 Hours in A&E is a powerful, intimate and at times humorous – but ultimately heart-warming – portrait of modern Britain in all its variety.
Tonight, Channel 4, 9PM.