New episode of 24 Hours in A&E: Count on Me…
The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a twenty-third 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 centers on a hectic day in the emergency department and follows the stories of two people who are living with debilitating illness and how they rely on their partners to care for them.
61-year-old Sue is airlifted to hospital after falling from her mobility scooter and being knocked unconscious during a day trip with her family. Doctors are concerned she may have sustained a significant head injury as well as an injury to her abdomen. Her daughter Natalie and husband Mike are with her in Resus. Mike talks about their active life together before Sue was diagnosed with a crippling illness at a young age.
78-year-old Ted is rushed to A&E after falling down the stairs and hitting his head, leaving him very agitated and confused. Doctors are worried he may have sustained a bleed on his brain as he struggles to remember family members. His wife Jean, daughter Catherine and grand-daughter Emily are waiting anxiously by his bedside. Ted’s wife Jean shares stories of her troubled childhood and the life she built with Ted before he became acutely unwell.
Meanwhile, Emergency Doctor Georgina talks about her reasons for wanting to become a doctor and the humbling sights she witnesses on a daily basis as part of her profession.