New episode of 24 Hours in A&E: Falling Down
Filmed before the coronavirus pandemic, the RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a Twenty Ninth 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.
50-year-old Graham has gone out for a weekend motorbike ride with his friend when he loses control of the handlebars at high speed. Doctors fear significant damage to his back and neck, and he is sent for an urgent CT scan whilst his wife Kate rushes to be by his bedside in resus. Kate is worried he might not be able to walk again. Kate describes how the love blossomed between her and Graham and how their decision to start a family threw some unforeseen problems at them.
76-year-old Joyce is rushed to A&E after having a fall at home. She is having breathing difficulties and doctors suspect an underlying infection is causing an array of problems. Emergency Care Nurse Joan is on shift in resus and seeing this elderly vulnerable patient makes her reflect on the experiences she’s had with her own family as well as the difficulties of ageing and loneliness and how it’s important to make time to give someone a cup of tea whilst on a busy shift.
In urgent care, Norman has tripped and fallen backwards over a paving stone and the pain and swelling in his foot is making it difficult for him to walk. As doctors investigate whether he might have broken his foot, he shares his own story of love and loss and caring for the ones you love.
Executive Producer: Benjamin Leigh & Spencer Kelly
Series Producer/Directors: Joe John & Sophie Waldron
Series Editor: Tom Wilde
Producer/Director: Scarlett Smithson & Sam Wildman