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24 Hours in A&E

24 Hours in A&E

Channel 4 2011

A British medical documentary set in King's College Hospital. 91 cameras filmed round the clock for 28 days, 24 hours a day in A&E it offers unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest A&E departments.

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The 10 Best Episodes of 24 Hours in A&E

24 Hours in A&E - S12E21

#1 - Candle in the Wind (Season 12 - Episode 21)

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.

The episode was rated 8.59 from 17 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S9E4

#2 - Take Care (Season 9 - Episode 4)

The show looks at caring and kindness, whether from staff, family or friends this week. Teenage cyclist Sam is brought into A&E after falling off her bike at high speed during a race and landing on her head.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 18 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S9E5

#3 - Lean On Me (Season 9 - Episode 5)

This episode focuses on the importance of having someone to love and support us when life gets tough. Beverley arrives in A&E with an open fracture of her right leg after being hit by a car.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 10 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S17E3

#4 - The Cards We're Dealt (Season 17 - Episode 3)

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.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 10 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S9E7

#5 - Some Like It Hot (Season 9 - Episode 7)

This episode focuses on patients treated on a busy summer evening. Student George is sent for an urgent brain scan following a fight at a party. Doorman Alfred has been stabbed three times.

The episode was rated 8.46 from 13 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S14E8

#6 - The Courage To Go On (Season 14 - Episode 8)

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 episode was rated 8.46 from 13 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S18E12

#7 - You're All I Need to Get By (Season 18 - Episode 12)

Paul, who is 66, is brought to A&E with a dangerously high heart rate. Meanwhile, Nicky has a swelling in her throat, and seven-year-old Kit has injured his chest in a golf buggy.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 11 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S9E2

#8 - The One (Season 9 - Episode 2)

This episode features patients who fell in love with their partners at first sight, including pub landlord Tony, who was immediately smitten when he met Laura, but took two years to win her over

The episode was rated 8.45 from 20 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S8E13

#9 - Look Forward (Season 8 - Episode 13)

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.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 10 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S12E8

#10 - In Sickness and in Health (Season 12 - Episode 8)

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.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 24 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S14E9
#11 - Lost For Words
Season 14 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S12E9
#12 - You Raise Me Up
Season 12 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S5E7
#13 - Amongst Friends
Season 5 - Episode 7

This week the show takes a look at the importance of friendships for both staff and patients. Registrar Ling has just began her shift and her friend Claire is working along side her. David is brought into the hospital having seizures uncontrollably for 30 minutes.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S5E1
#14 - A Time to Laugh
Season 5 - Episode 1

This week's episode was filmed on filmed on Red Nose Day as both patients and staff reflect on the importance of being able to focus on the brighter side of life. Dilson is rushed in suffering with severe knife wounds after being stabbed in the head and neck as he attempted to stop a fight outside a club.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S17E1
#15 - Acts of Love
Season 17 - Episode 1

David, who is 69, is rushed to A&E with severe leg pain and a pale foot, accompanied by his wife, Christine. Doctors suspect a blood clot and vascular specialists are called to assess David for surgery to save his leg.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S9E6
#16 - Keep on Moving
Season 9 - Episode 6

Seventy-year-old part-time DJ Tony arrives at St George's hospital after a high-speed bicycle accident. He was training for a 100-mile charity bike ride when he had his crash.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S14E1
#17 - The Unknown
Season 14 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S10E12
#18 - Glass Half Full
Season 10 - Episode 12

Three-year-old Louie is airlifted to St George's after being run over by a car while playing outside, with doctors expressing concern about his neck, which seems to be stuck in one position. Elsewhere, 14-year-old Josh is treated after injuring his ankle when riding a BMX with his father on the front. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Sam arrives in resus with a cut to her head and possible spinal and internal injuries after losing control of her car and crashing into a tree.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S6E1
#19 - Stand By Me
Season 6 - Episode 1

Four-year-old Alfie is brought into the hospital with a broken thighbone having fallen off his bike. The team are worried that Alfie might have ruptured an artery, causing some internal bleeding.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
24 Hours in A&E - S16E1
#20 - Value of Life
Season 16 - Episode 1

Rich has been in a high speed car crash and cannot move his legs. His pregnant girlfriend rushes to the hospital. Also, Justin has had a life threatening accident while playing football.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.

Last updated: sep 20, 2022


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