This emergency department show is wonderful, allowing stories to unfurl naturally and letting people even stroppy madams keep their dignity|
Twenty-four hours, seven days a week, says the receptionist, before putting the phone down and turning to her colleague. I love that question, Whens your opening hours?
So begins the seventh series of 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4). The scenery has changed, slightly we are now in St Georges emergency department in south-west London rather than Kings College hospital in the south-east but the makers have, refreshingly, had the confidence not to fix something that isnt broken, so the format remains the same. Tales of two major events in this episode, a motorbike rider who has been brought in after a crash with half her leg amputated at the scene and a boy with learning difficulties and severe epilepsy admitted after a massive fit are interspersed with staff talking about their work, and relatives talking about their injured loved ones, while the hospital drama is leavened with scenes of the treatment of someones more minor injury. This week, the latter came courtesy of the marvellously stroppy and ungrateful little madam Tina, who had a sewing needle stuck in her foot and whose mother was on the other end of the phone telling her that she would probably die from an infection if the doctors who would want to hack her to pieces to get it out didnt kill her first. Afterwards, the saintly registrar who deals with her, Mo Tahir, just grins and shrugs. Mothers, he says. They always have the edge on you. Continue reading...