Watch ’24 Hours in A&E’ with us on Wednesday at 9pm
The next episode of the award-winning TV series “24 Hours in A&E” is back on this Wednesday, 27th January. We can now reveal its title – “Stiff Upper Lip”.
Some people handle major health issues as if they were no problem at all. In this case, age and experience really pay off.
85-year-old Maura is rushed into A&E after falling over during the night at home. Her son Mark and his family found her face down on her bedroom floor when they arrived to take her out for the day. Maura has pain in her back and medics are concerned that she can’t move or feel her legs.
CT scans reveal that Maura has broken bones in her spine and doctor Sarah has to inform Maura’s son and his wife Denise that her injuries could be life changing. “Breaking bad news is difficult, it’s one of the few things at work that makes me feel nervous,” says Sarah. “People hold on to hope and I know sometimes when I go in that room to tell them what’s going on that I’m taking that away.”
Mark and Denise have to decide when to share the gravity of the situation with Maura and her granddaughter Meg. In the meantime Mark talks about his mum. “She had a tough childhood. She was born in rural Ireland and the family came over to England in the 1940s,” he says. “They decided that London was the best place for them at the height of the second world war, which gives you some idea that it may have been a fairly rugged existence over there.”
Meanwhile 37-year-old doctor Jim arrives in A&E after a collision with a van while cycling to work. Jim’s face is a mess and he has concussion and pain down one side, but he’s reluctant to make a fuss. “Sorry I’m a pain in the bum. I feel like a fraud,” he tells the medical team.
Jim’s wife Nayana, a doctor at St George’s, comes to resus to make sure he’s OK. But a CT scan shows that, despite Jim putting on a brave face, his injuries are more serious than first thought.
And chef Mimi is in minors with her flat mate Ryan after cutting her thumb while chopping peppers at home. Mimi is treated by junior doctor Tom, who she immediately takes a shine to, much to Ryan’s amusement.