The latest series of 24 Hours in A&E began airing on 7 May at 9pm.
With its fixed rig of fly-on-the-wall cameras, 24 Hours in A&E has broken new ground for television documentaries. It was an instant hit with viewers and TV critics, and went on to win Best Documentary series at the Royal Television Society Awards (2012), besides gaining a BAFTA Television award nomination in 2013.
Featuring beloved staff, including Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff and Sister Jen Du-Prat, the award-winning Channel 4 documentary focuses on the teamwork of staff and stories of patients who are treated in King’s Accident and Emergency Department every day.
King’s Chief Executive Tim Smart is a huge fan of the series, and he explains why the cameras have revealed the best of the hospital.
‘24 Hours gives more airtime to what everybody who lives around King’s knows – that it’s a really great hospital.’
A unique window into King’s and the NHS
Filmed on location in Denmark Hill at King’s College Hospital, the series has appealed to popular interest.
The compelling stories of patients who pass through the department are at the heart of the programme: each episode is filled with tense, emotive moments that grip audiences.
Viewers can also see how expertly and compassionately patients are cared for by King’s staff.
Suzanne, 36, knows first-hand how hard the staff work to take care of everyone who comes into the Emergency Department.
Just over two years ago, a man on a bike punched her three times in the face, knocking her unconscious before she fell backwards and cracked her skull on the pavement.
Suzanne remembers nothing of the attack or her first critical days at King’s, when it seemed likely she would not survive. She spent two months at King’s and has had three operations, including a titanium plate to reconstruct part of her skull, and plastic surgery. Thanks to the care and dedication of King’s doctors and nurses, she is now back at work full time.
Suzanne says, ‘I’d like to say thank you to the A&E staff – they saved my life.’
Your response to the show
24 Hours in A&E is consistently praised on Twitter – every Wednesday the series has been aired, the social media site has been a hive of overwhelmingly positive messages about King’s staff, and the amazing care that goes on in the ward.
Natalie Silvey tweeted, ‘Now an example of the NHS at its finest – turn to channel four and watch #24hrsAE – an incredible programme that shows A&E for what it is.’
Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma, who is regularly featured on the programme, said:
‘…it shows the human side of our work, not only how we can do a wonderful procedure. It has done wonders for staff morale.’