The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a twentieth series following patients treated in one 24-hour period at St George’s in south west London.

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.

9-year-old Cian is playing football after school when he falls and lands directly on the top of his head, leaving him unable to move his limbs. He is rushed to the resus department by ambulance, accompanied by his dad and sister. He is assessed by trauma doctors and paediatric consultant Rahail, before being rushed to X-ray. His father describes the ups and downs of his relationship with his children following a difficult diagnosis 5 years ago.

80-year-old patient Annette is rushed to St Georges with a dangerously swollen tongue. Her family rush to be by her side as hospital staff face the challenges of dealing with a dementia patient. She is assessed by ear, nose and throat doctors who struggle to diagnose her conflicting symptoms. As Annette’s children arrive, we learn of her struggle to provide a good life for them.

9-year-old Sophia is bought into the paediatric department by her mother Tanya after falling off a swing and hitting the back of her neck. Consultant Rahail sends her for an X-ray following swelling in her neck. Tanya tells us about Sophia’s resilience following her traumatic pregnancy. Rahail describes how the balance of care between children and parents changes over time.

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