End of an era as St George’s says goodbye to 24 Hours in A&E
After seven years at St George’s, 24 Hours in A&E will be moving to a new home in Nottingham.
St George’s will remain the home of 24 Hours in A&E for the next year as episodes from the Trust’s final filming period in 2020 will continue to be broadcast on Channel 4. Some episodes from last year’s filming have already been broadcast showcasing the fantastic work of St George’s teams throughout the pandemic.
The series celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year with more than 250 episodes broadcast across 24 series to date, 200+ of which are from St George’s.
St George’s would like to thank all the clinical and non-clinical teams involved in making the series the success that it is. It wouldn’t have been possible without their support, time, commitment and expertise.
A huge thank you also goes to all the patients and relatives of patients who have consented to filming over the years for sharing their experiences.
St George’s appreciates and would like to thank all the loyal viewers from all over the world many of whom regularly get in touch to share their kind words about St George’s staff and the care they provide to patients every day.
Dr Phil Moss, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St George’s, said: “24 Hours in A&E has been an incredible experience for St George’s. It has been a privilege to have hosted such a hugely popular documentary series since 2014 which gives the public an inside view into the everyday life of working in a busy south London emergency department.
Its success wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and support of our brilliant team at St George’s who go above and beyond in their roles every day.
We have truly become known as being the home of 24 Hours in A&E and while we will be sad to see it go, we are so proud of what it has achieved in its seven year period at St George’s and we wish it continued success in Nottingham.”
Rita Daniels, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries at Channel 4 added; ‘It’s been a real delight to be the commissioner for this incredible series for the last six years. I am thrilled that we will once again be able to celebrate and wonder at the amazing work of the NHS in a different part of the country and watch and appreciate the incredible care for its patients within this life-saving department.”
John Hay, Joint Chief Executive of The Garden who produce the series, said: “St George’s has been a wonderful home to A&E – we will always be grateful to them for allowing us in to see their extraordinary work, and we’re very pleased to be continuing them relationship with them through the new Emergency series.* But we’re also excited about working with a new hospital, and delighted Nottingham has chosen us – it’s another very special place. We’ve been careful to move the series in stages over recent years – we’ve wanted to ensure it has a positive impact on the production ecosystem in the Midlands and the North, helping to grow and develop talent as we go. This next step will offer even more of a chance for a new generation of filmmakers to experience and evolve this much-loved programme.”
Spencer Kelly, Head of Factual at the Garden who has executive produced the series throughout its time at St George’s, said: “As we look forward to the baton for this much-loved documentary series being handed over to Queens Medical Centre, I would like to say a huge thanks to the staff and patients of St George’s for seven wonderful years and sharing with us such an intimate and important portrayal of emergency health care – reminding us that all too often the best medicine is compassion, love and understanding.”
Dr Keith Girling, Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals said: “We are incredibly excited that Channel 4 have chosen the Queen’s Medical Centre as the new home of their twice BAFTA nominated and Royal Television Society award winning ‘24 Hours in A&E’. We have one of the biggest Major Trauma Centre’s in the country, and our Emergency Department treats over 600 patients every day, so there will be plenty of interesting patient and staff stories to watch.
This will give us a real opportunity to show the dedication, passion and skill of our teams and the care and kindness shown to our emergency patients. We know there is a huge amount of pride in what we do, and we will be able to show the world (literally) the amazing individuals that make up Team NUH.”
Notes to editors
Channel 4 press release: www.channel4.com/press/news/24-hours-ae-moves-nottingham-hospital
* St George’s is filming a new series highlighting London’s major trauma network with the Garden Productions due to broadcast later this year. Channel 4 press release: www.channel4.com/press/news/channel-4-commissions-emergency-21-wt-garden