The RTS award-winning documentary series follows patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s hospital in Tooting, London.
This episode focuses on the bond between married couples in the face of testing circumstances. Corey, who’s 27, is rushed to St George’s after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game of ice hockey. His wife of seven days, Alice, was watching him play when he collapsed. As Corey arrives, the medical team learn that his brain has been deprived of oxygen for more than 25 minutes and doctors put him in an induced coma to prevent further damage to his brain and major organs. Nurse Liz talks about the difficulty in predicting the long-term outcome of cases like Corey’s: ‘until the patient has woken up, you’ve got no idea how this has affected them, how badly brain damaged they’ve got, how they are going to function.’
John, who’s 55, arrives in A&E after a 10-foot fall from scaffolding. His scans reveal a complex ankle fracture for the doctors to ponder ahead of emergency surgery, giving his wife Penny plenty of time to regale us with how John has supported her through sickness and bereavement during their long marriage.
24 Hours in A&E Tuesday 9.00pm on Channel 4