New episode of 24 Hours in A&E: A Change is Gonna Come…
The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a seventeenth series following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s.
The hospital has one of the busiest A&E departments in Britain – under more pressure than ever. It’s a place where stories of life, love and loss unfold every day.
This episode – A Change is Gonna Come – features patients whose visions of the world are rocked by life-changing events – exploring what happens when our ideals and expectations meet the stark realities of life.
Sergio, 44, is flown to St George’s by air ambulance with life-threatening chest injuries after an accident on a charity cycle ride. His partner Rosa rushes to his side as doctors perform surgery to treat his punctured lung and enable him to breathe.
Sergio tells his story about him coming to London from Spain and Rosa from Italy to London in 1990’s where they were united in their activism to “change the world”. They were fully committed to fighting for justice in every way they could but when children arrived on the scene, life headed in a new path.
With doctors concerned about Sergio’s lung damage, Rosa reflects on what an amazing father he’s been to their children and how his legacy is to make them “people who can change something”.
71-year old cyclist Alan also arrives in resus after a collision with a van near his home. Doctors suspect a head injury and multiple fractures. His wife Jenny travels from Surrey to join him in resus while doctors send him for a CT scan to assess the severity of his injuries.
Jenny tells us how she met Alan and how they had two kids and quickly had “a nice home in a nice area…lived in a bubble”. But after a sudden accident to her son, the bubble burst and life also took an unexpected path.
Follow us on Twitter @StGeorgesTrust and get involved – using #24HrsAE – with our live tweeting during each episode.
Notes to editors
For more information from St George’s, please contact Pippa Harper, Media Manager, via 020 8266 6128 or Philippa.Harper@stgeorges.nhs.uk