New episode of 24 Hours in A&E: Skin Deep
The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a twenty-second 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 follows the stories of people who have had difficult childhoods and how it’s important to look underneath the surface of appearance and to not judge a book by its cover.
14-year-old Alicia is rushed to St George’s after falling head first over the handlebars of her push bike and hitting her head. Doctors are concerned she may have sustained serious injuries to her neck and her spine. Her mother Nicky is by her side and opens up about the sudden death of Alicia’s father. She talks about how the tragedy has affected them, as well as the difficulties of breaking the news to a teenager and the struggle of coping with grief.
Meanwhile, 56-year-old Geoffrey has been urgently transferred from another hospital after a severe infection left him with a compromised airway and struggling to breathe. Whilst specialist ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat) doctors try and find the source of the infection, his fiancé Gayle opens up about Geoffrey’s childhood in Jamaica and what it’s been like to have a second chance at love later in life.
In the urgent care centre, 27-year-old Plasterer Jonny has had an accident at work and sliced through his hand with a trowel. He is accompanied by his girlfriend Imogen who he met on Instagram. They share the story of how they met, the perils of social media and the worries for them and their future.