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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 - S3E7

#1 - Walk Like a Man


Season 3 - Episode 7

This episode takes a moving - and sometimes light-hearted - look at when boys become men, and passing the baton between the generations. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas has been punched in the face in a random attack. His jaw is fractured and dislocated and he can't close his mouth or speak. Consultant craniofacial surgeon Rob, a world-renowned specialist, puts Nicholas's jaw back in place with his 'magic thumb'. Tyrell has damaged his big toe playing football. The 17-year-old's blackened toe nail needs to be removed and his dad, Adrian, uses the opportunity to lecture him that experiencing pain is what separates men from boys and about the importance of knowing his family tree as well as he knows Spanish football. Ho, who's 26, has brought his 78-year-old grandma Amoui to King's after finding her collapsed in her flat. Amoui came to Britain during the Vietnam war and she's been like a mother to Ho. The thought of losing her is almost too much for her grandson to bear. Meanwhile, consultant Rob, the first person in his family to go to university - 'or, for that matter, to do an A level' - recalls his own rite of passage to becoming a man, with his father, who left school at 13 to work in a brick yard to support his family.

The episode was rated from 2 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S1E3

#2 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S3E11

#3 - Duty of Care


Season 3 - Episode 11

This touching episode explores the responsibility of caring for elderly relatives, while reflecting on the full, and often colourful, lives that some of the older patients at King's have led. Ninety-four-year-old Douglas is a highly decorated Second World War veteran who served in an elite commando unit. He's been brought in to A&E by his youngest daughter Sylvie because his breathing has deteriorated. Sylvie, who's an amputee, has been his full-time carer for the last 20 years. Douglas has four children, 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and a cheeky sense of humour. Another nonagenarian, Hector, has been brought in by ambulance with life-threatening problems: his airway is in danger of collapsing and his blood pressure is dangerously high. Hector is on his own and keeps asking for his grandson, Glen: his only living relative. 'He reckons that the key to long life was to live a decent life and make sure you eat your porridge,' says Glen. 'If my sons are half the man he was I'd still be happy.'

The episode was rated from 2 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S3E17

#4 - Tough Love


Season 3 - Episode 17

A young man who has had a severe reaction to a recreational drug is wheeled into Resus by paramedics, and senior sister Jen and the medical team face a challenge to calm their patient down so they can treat him. A 65-year-old woman is brought in by her best friends after hitting her head when she fell off a chair while playing bingo, and a 31-year-old man with multiple sclerosis is rushed in after developing a fever at home

The episode was rated from 2 votes.

24 Hours in A&E - S8E4

#5 - Do No Harm


Season 8 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.

#6 - Free Fall
Season 8 - Episode 8

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.

The episode was rated from 7 votes.
#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 from 9 votes.
#8 - City of Angels
Season 5 - Episode 5

While some have obvious symptoms, others initially baffle the medical team. Consultants Graham and Firas are running A&E and tensions run high as police suspect a patient has come to King's with a concealed weapon. 'I guess it's part of King's - you expect the unexpected,' says Firas. Mother-of-four Hillary, who's 58, arrives in Resus by air ambulance with a severe head injury after falling from her horse. Hillary stopped breathing at the scene of the accident, blew a pupil and was put into an induced coma. Firas suspects a life-threatening brain injury and Hillary is put in the specialist neurological unit while two of her children rush to King's to be by her side. Meanwhile, Icylyn comes to King's with a bloated abdomen. Consultant Graham initially thinks she might be pregnant, but tests rule that out and her symptoms throw the medics. Icylyn will have to wait overnight for diagnosis, but Graham is concerned that her symptoms could be the result of something serious. Icylyn is accompanied by her best friend Tony, who talks about their relationship and ponders what's really important in life. And 14-year-old Chloe is in Resus after getting involved in a fight after school. Doctors are worried that she may have injured her neck. As she's treated, Chloe talks about her love of high street fashion, the importance of having her nails painted regularly and what the people in her life mean to her.

The episode was rated from 6 votes.
#9 - Episode 2
Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated from 5 votes.
#10 - Three Sisters
Season 3 - Episode 2

The RTS award-winning series continues with a moving and tender episode about three daughters' love for their mother and the fear of losing her. Eighty-year-old Rose has fluid on her lungs and is having trouble breathing. Her three daughters Christine, Sandra and Debbie put on brave faces around their mother's bedside, convincing her that everything will be all right, but in the relatives' room there is high emotion as they tearfully contemplate life without her. Debbie wants to get the grandchildren to the hospital before it's too late, but older sister Sandra thinks all the family being there will make their mum think it's her last rites. Sister Claire, who is looking after Rose, knows only too well the torment the families go through around end of life decisions: 'As doctors and nurses, we have to accept we can't change everything and there's not always a miracle cure,' she says. 'Once you accept it is happening you have to get it right. You can't get dying wrong'. Also in resus is Kevin, a 55-year-old trucker who jack-knifed his lorry, 'bullseyed' the windscreen and rolled down a verge. He was trapped in the wreckage for an hour before being cut free and air lifted to King's by the Kent air ambulance. He has injuries to his pelvis, neck and head. His wife Janet waits anxiously to find out how serious it is.

The episode was rated from 4 votes.

Last updated: jul 06, 2021

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