Getting to know Will…
Will is an emergency medicine consultant at St George’s Hospital. He is seen in episode two of the 7th series of ’24 hours in A&E’ (aired 06/11/14) treating 19-year-old Billy who has been thrown twenty feet from his motocross bike during a race.
What is your role within A&E?
I am a Consultant of Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital care with a both a clinical and teaching role.
How long have you worked at St George’s?
I have worked at St. George’s since April 2012.
How many patients do you treat in an average day? What conditions / illnesses do they have?
We treat approximately 380-390 patients both adult and paediatric per day, ranging from minor illness and injuries to major trauma and cardiac arrests.
What did you think when they announced ‘24hrs in A&E’ was going to be filmed at St George’s?
I was very excited about the project as it would be a great opportunity for the Trust to show what amazing work the team performs on a daily basis 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Did you find it had any impact on your day?
The filming process had very little impact on our day to day work – the cameras were very soon forgotten and genuine natural work was captured.
What have you enjoyed the most from your experience of ‘24hrs in A&E’?
I have enjoyed the positive feedback about our department from the first episode – a real boost to the team.
What is your highlight moment of the series?
The high quality care in an empathic manner we deliver to our patients.
What was the biggest challenge you experienced during the filming?
I greatest challenge was consenting and informing patients to the series. The delicate balance of ensuring no pressure is put on them to be involved and that it is their care is the most important thing.
What is the benefit of St George’s participating in a show like ‘24hrs in A&E’?
We, as a whole Trust, should be very proud of the healthcare we deliver – all day, every day.
What do you think about the reaction to the new series so far?