Last week I watched 24Hours in A&E for the first time on Channel 4, today I watched this week’s episode and felt like sharing just in case any of you have missed it. Filmed in Kings College Hospital, London it does what it says on the tin, reports on 24hours in one of the busiest Accident and Emergency Departments in England.
I love documentaries, I love biographies, I love glimpses into people’s lives….this programme is a fantastic combination of all of these things. As someone who has spent more than my fair share of time in A&E departments in the last few years, more often than not I’m amazed at the professionalism and compassion of the staff.
As one of the consultants featured this week, Jacqui, stated ‘I think there are days when what happens will bring tears to your eyes, you’re faced with people who are having life changing or life ending events, every day, and on some level it must make you appreciate what you’ve got, what you’re capable of doing, and so you know I think you’re mad if you don’t take the opportunities that are presented to you to enjoy life while you’ve got it, because unfortunately one day you could be crossing the road and it’ll all be over’.
Seventy cameras filmed throughout the department, 24 hours a day for 28 days and captured 4200 hours of footage. This footage has been crafted into a documentary that shows the highs and lows of patients and staff, it is fair and representative, heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. It is a reality check and a priority benchmark, to steal another quote from the show:
‘Everyone should walk through an Emergency Room at least once in their lives, because it makes you realise what your priorities are; it’s not the rush, rush, rush and the money, money, money, its the people you love and the fact that one minute they might be there, and one minute they might be gone’
Go watch it, you wont be disappointed.