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Aired on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 9:00pm
Genre Documentary, Reality
Runtime 50 minutes
24 Hours in A&E Season 3 Episode 21 Episode 21
Show Overview :
We’re all just one wrong step, one sudden illness or one unlucky break away from A&E. It’s a place where dramatic stories of love, life and death unfold every day.
With 70 cameras filming round the clock for 28 days, this series offers unprecedented access to one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments, at King’s College Hospital in London. Each programme focuses on patients who were treated within the same 24-hour period.
The series captures the joy and heartache faced by patients and their families, as well as the hard work and professionalism of the A&E staff. From life-threatening traumas to embarrassing mishaps, 24 Hours in A&E is an intimate, powerful and sometimes comic insight into life – and death – on the frontline of the NHS.
Episode Plot :
This episode focuses on men of all ages facing illness and their fears.
Seventy-nine-year-old Arthur has been brought to Resus after complaining of stomach pains. The medics are trying to work out which of his underlying conditions could be to blame: he’s on kidney dialysis, and has an existing ulcer and an enlarged aorta (the major artery in the heart).
But Arthur’s not one for complaining; he’s known tough times. As a boy, Arthur was evacuated from London during the Blitz, but was brought back by his mother. ‘She said “If we’re going to die, we may as well die in our own home”‘, he says.
Arthur’s daughter Debbie talks proudly about her father’s positive attitude to life.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Tom, who works as a wine merchant, is rushed into A&E after collapsing with acute chest pain and difficulty breathing. Tom’s normally fit and well, and has no history of a heart condition or respiratory problems.
Doctors are uncertain of the underlying cause of his pain. Tom’s dad Bob was understandably seriously worried to get the call from A&E.
And retired soldier Rockey has come to King’s with his wife Cordelia after experiencing blurred vision. Rockey, who was born in Guyana, is worried it could be a detached retina, which could lead to blindness.
But Rockey does tend to be a glass-half-full kind of person, perhaps with good reason.