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24 Hours in A&E

Premier :: 2011-05-11

Airs :: Wednesday 9pm on Channel 4

Genre :: Documentary

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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 70 cameras filming round the clock for 28 days, this series offers unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest A&E departments, at King's College 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.

Latest Episode

Series 5 - Episode 8 - Bolt from the Blue
Aired - 26 February 2014

Episode summary:

This episode explores how life can change in the blink of an eye and how life or death depends on the actions of those around you when things go wrong. Leanne is the sister in charge of Resus today. Kevin, who's 78, is rushed to A&E by ambulance after suffering a cardiac arrest while exercising at the gym. Luckily for Kevin, gym instructor Jeff was nearby and was trained to use the gym's portable defibrillator to save his life. Kevin's wife Maureen was next door in the gym's swimming pool while all this was going on and came out of the changing rooms to find out that her husband's heart had stopped for a minute. Kevin begins to stabilise and he's sent to the specialist cardiac catheter lab for an emergency procedure. Meanwhile, 23-year-old paramedic Declan has been brought into A&E by his colleague Amy. He's feeling dizzy and junior doctor Sammy is concerned that there are signs he may have a problem with his brain so she sends him for an emergency CT scan to find out what's happening. And 83-year-old Monica has been rushed to King's after falling at home. Monica suffers from osteoporosis and is complaining of numbness in her leg after the fall. Her initial x-ray appears to indicate that she's suffered a broken neck. As she's treated, Monica talks about scrumping apples as a child, missing out on being a mother and losing her husband in a tragic accident.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 5

+ Episode - 8 Bolt from the Blue Aired - 26 February 2014
+ Episode - 7 Amongst Friends Aired - 19 February 2014
+ Episode - 6 The Fall Aired - 12 February 2014
+ Episode - 5 City of Angels Aired - 05 February 2014
+ Episode - 4 Wake Up Call Aired - 29 January 2014
+ Episode - 3 Luck of the Draw Aired - 22 January 2014
+ Episode - 2 Pick Me Up Aired - 15 January 2014
+ Episode - 1 A Time to Laugh Aired - 08 January 2014

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