New episode of 24 Hours in A&E: Where there’s a will
The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a twenty sixth 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.
It’s a busy day at St George’s for recently-qualified Consultant Sobi. She reflects on her early impressions of consultants and the imposter syndrome she felt when she stepped into those shoes for the first time. In this episode, we see patients who show stoicism, resilience, and determination to overcome challenges in their lives.
15-year-old Gus is urgently transferred to St George’s with an injury to his spleen, and a potentially life-threatening bleed in his abdomen after going over the handlebars of his bike. At his bedside, dad Martin shares the reservations he had about bringing children into the world, and his journey to reach an understanding about the balance between worry and happiness.
On the other side of Resus is 73-year-old Patricia who has come to A&E with a shoulder she dislocated months ago. As doctors struggle to realign it, her daughter Claire tells us how she has always been the matriarch who has looked after everyone else. After a series of health issues and personal challenges, including the tragic loss of her eldest child, it’s now Patricia’s turn to be looked after by her family.
In the minor injuries area, 75-year-old Bryan has injured his hand after falling whilst walking his daughter’s dog. He paints a picture of his childhood, remembering the his father’s disappointment after failing to get into Sandhurst military academy. By going on to become a successful film editor, he proved to his father, and to himself, that there is more than one route to success.