New episode of 24 Hours in A&E: Sliding Doors
Filmed during the autumn of 2020, the RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a twenty sixth series following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s in south west London. The hospital has one of the busiest A&E departments in Britain – a place where stories of life, love and loss unfold every day.
This episode explores the chance moments in life that might mean you’re in the right place at the right time, or unlucky enough to be caught in something you weren’t supposed to be. Consultant Mark’s shift reflects the unexpected twists and turns that life can take in the array of patients who come through the doors of the A&E department.
15-year-old Meldred is rushed to St George’s after being stabbed in the thigh by a stranger when she was walking to school. Doctors are concerned that the knife may have caused significant damage or internal bleeding. Her mum, Joyce, is by her side. We learn about Joyce’s childhood in Ghana and how that compares to raising children in South London today where knife crime is a threat.
Meanwhile sports commentator, Andrew, has an inflamed ankle with blood spots and a rash. While the medical staff try and diagnose these unusual symptoms, he shares his work ambitions and the sacrifices he has made in his personal life to try and succeed in his career.
In paediatrics, 11-year-old Penelope is in hospital with her mum after falling and landing on her finger in the playground. Mum Katherine tells us about Penelope’s unique view of life.
Executive Producers: Lucie Duxbury and Spencer Kelly
Series Producer/Directors: Joe John and Helen Crampton
Series Editor: Tom Wilde
Producer/Director: Emma Wightwick
Editor: Holly Bridcut