The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a 20th 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 – under more pressure than ever. It’s a place where stories of life, love and loss unfold every day.

This episode explores how life’s hopes, dreams and aspirations can be taken away in a split second, but how resilience, positivity and family support can help pull you through.

15-year-old Natai is rushed to A&E after putting his hand through a glass pane, accompanied by his mother, Natasha. With his GSCEs coming up, doctors are concerned he may have severed the artery and nerves in his wrist and may lose the use of his hand. Whilst at his bedside, Natai’s father Nathan reveals his relationship with his father and his hopes for Natai’s future.

76-year-old Pauline has been found collapsed in her bed at home by her daughter, Kim. Suffering severe shortness of breath and a tight chest, doctors need to establish whether Pauline has an infection or heart failure. Whilst in A&E Kim reveals the heartbreaking story that has brought her mum and father closer together.

Meanwhile 17-year-old Fahad has come in to St Georges with chronic stomach pain caused by an underlying disease. He tells the personal story of his diagnosis and the potential implications for his future.

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