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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 8.60 from 15 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S14E8

#2 - 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 8.55 from 11 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S9E4

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

76-year-old Margaret shows signs of a stroke while having a routine angiogram. Teenage cyclist Sam is brought into A&E after falling off her bike at high speed during a race and landing on her head. Ursula, 84, is losing a concerning amount of blood from recurring nosebleeds.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 12 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S12E8

#4 - 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 8.45 from 22 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S12E9

#5 - 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 8.44 from 16 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S9E2

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

61-year-old Bill fell from the roof of his shed and has broken his neck. Tony burnt his legs when his barbecue exploded. Henry, 93, has severe breathing difficulties after experiencing a heart attack.

The episode was rated 8.43 from 14 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S14E1

#7 - 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 8.38 from 21 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S12E4

#8 - Time of your Life (Season 12 - Episode 4)

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.

The episode was rated 8.35 from 17 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S14E9

#9 - 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 8.30 from 10 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S18E12

#10 - 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 8.30 from 10 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S11E8

#11 - Love's Sacrifice (Season 11 - Episode 8)

Cyclist Athar, who's 22, is rushed to St George's after a collision with a car on his way to work. Athar wasn't wearing a helmet and he 'bullseyed' the car's rear window; he can't remember anything about the crash.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 14 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S10E12

#12 - 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 8.27 from 11 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S9E3

#13 - Never Too Late (Season 9 - Episode 3)

Actor Dudley has come to A&E after injuring his shoulder rushing to catch a train, and 82-year-old Barbara and her 80-year-old husband Clarence are brought in after being knocked over by a motorbike.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 12 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S12E6

#14 - Face Value (Season 12 - Episode 6)

Seventy-year-old George is rushed to A&E with driftwood stuck in his left eye. He was bailing out rainwater from his boat moored on the Thames when he fell and impaled his eye on a piece of driftwood. His partner Irene rushed to the scene to find paramedics attempting to stem the flow of blood from George's eye. She says: 'I nearly fainted a couple of times, it was like something out of a horror movie.' Doctors become increasingly concerned about whether George could lose sight in the eye. Debby, who's 59, has cut her hand in her lawnmower while removing some grass cuttings, after becoming distracted by thinking about her son's upcoming wedding: 'whether my pink hat matched the rest of my pink outfit, whether pink was right anyhow, there's so much to think about.'

The episode was rated 8.25 from 16 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S16E1

#15 - 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 8.23 from 13 votes.


Last updated: jan 18, 2023


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