Filmed in the autumn of 2020, the RTS award-winning documentary series returns to St George’s to follow more patients being treated in the emergency department. The hospital has one of the busiest A&E departments in Britain – a place where stories of life, love and loss unfold every day. In a year of so much loss due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this episode reflects on the sacrifices that we make for the people who we love. Dr Richard, the on-call stroke doctor, is having a busy shift in the resus department, and shares an emotional account of his work on the frontline during the first wave of the pandemic. John, who’s 72, is rushed to St George’s with a suspected stroke after his wife Jean found him slumped in the bathroom. While Dr Richard and the stroke team work quickly to find the right treatment for John, Jean waits anxiously at home. Jean shares tales of how their lives used to be until one day 10 years ago, when everything changed. Meanwhile, 19-year old Daniel has come off his motorbike and been brought into resus, as his mum Diana hurries to the hospital to be by his side. While doctors examine Daniel’s injuries, Diana shares a heartbreaking story of leaving her children in Colombia in search of a better life for them abroad. And, on shift in the minor injuries department, emergency practitioner Rachel treats 21-year old builder William, who has sustained an ankle injury while playing basketball.
24 Hours in A&E – Monday 9pm on Channel 4