New episode of 24 Hours in A&E: Learning Curve…
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 around a busy day in the emergency department and follows the story of 88-year old Hasuben, who is rushed to St George’s having been found collapsed and unresponsive at home. Doctors are concerned that she may not be getting enough blood to the brain. Her son, Purgent travelled with her in the ambulance and is waiting anxiously by her bedside. Purgent shares stories of their close relationship and the sacrifices she made for him during his childhood in Kenya.
Law student Jamie has come to A&E following an operation with his friend Lily. He has a condition called pectus excavatum, which causes his ribs to grow in an inward direction. We learn that Jamie had a difficult time with bullying and teasing over the years because of his condition.
23-year old dad-to-be Robert is in A&E with a swollen ankle after a beer barrel fell on his foot. As doctors examine his x-ray, he shares his love of bartending and his fears about becoming a father for the first time.
Meanwhile, Emergency Junior Doctor Siobhan talks about leading in resus and the difficulties doctors face when breaking bad news to patients and their families.