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With 91 cameras filming round the clock, 24 Hours in A&E offers unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest A&E departments, at King's College Hospital

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With 91 cameras filming round the clock, 24 Hours in A&E offers unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest A&E departments, at King's College Hospital

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 6 Episode 7

    Sixteen-year-old Max is brought to King's by air ambulance after falling 14 feet onto his face at a skate park. He suffered a serious head injury and was motionless for about 30 seconds after the accident.

    As Max's parents, Steve and Tracey, are rushed to hospital in a police car, doctors need to ensure that Max is stable before they take him to CT.

    Tracey arrived at the skate park shortly after the accident. 'I could sense it was very bad. The paramedics had already got there and I could see one of them visibly shaking and I thought "We're in big trouble here,"' she says. 'I was crying, I was screaming, I felt ill, I didn't know what to do with myself.'

    Results of the CT scan show a life-threatening bleed on Max's brain. The next 12 hours will be critical, as well as an agonising wait for his parents.

    Meanwhile, 13-year-old Hector has come to King's with his mum Kirsty. He's injured his hip while playing football and is very proud that he hasn't cried.

    Hector needs an X-ray to confirm whether his leg's broken. While they wait for the results, Kirsty reflects on how teenage boys like Hector are finding their own way in life and turning into men.

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    Series 6 Episode 6

    It's a busy Mothering Sunday at King's as 23-year-old builder Jamie is rushed in by paramedics having fallen from the roof of a three-storey building, landing on a brick wall. The medical team perform an emergency ultrasound to determine whether Jamie has suffered internal injuries or fractured his ribs and spine, and spot a punctured lung that needs to be re-inflated.

    Four-month-old Weston has been brought to paediatric A&E after suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting for over 24 hours. Worried parents Nina and Jason want to find out if it's a virus or something more serious. While Weston is treated, Nina and Jason talk about the joys of parenthood as well as meeting online and their struggle to conceive.

    Meanwhile, 74-year-old David has come to King's with his wife Margaret. He's suffering from dizziness and numbness in his arms. Doctors suspect that he's had a stroke. Married for 48 years, David and Margaret admit they wouldn't be able to cope without each other.

    And 80-year-old Daphne arrives in A&E having dislocated her replacement hip while putting on her socks. It's down to junior doctor Matt to look after her and help put her hip back in place.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 6 Episode 5

    This episode shows how A&E is somewhere that wisdom and insight is passed not just from medic to medic, but also from generation to generation.

    Fifteen-year-old Linden is brought to A&E having badly cut his leg while back-flipping off a shed roof onto a trampoline.

    As well as calling an ambulance, Linden's friends filmed the accident on their mobile phones and happily show the clip to A&E staff. But Linden's mum Liz is less impressed and worries whether her son will ever learn to be more careful.

    Junior doctor Sammy is looking after 88-year-old Panayiota, who's been referred to hospital with breathing difficulties.

    Originally from Cyprus, Panayiota speaks very little English and Sammy has to telephone a translator to help with the diagnosis and treatment. Panayiota's daughter Maria talks about her strained relationship with her strict mum.

    Meanwhile, 55-year-old lorry driver Antony has come to King's having lost all feeling in his left leg. An ultrasound scan reveals that Antony has a blocked artery and needs emergency surgery or he could lose his leg.

    Antony's smoked for 40 years. He realises that it's likely to have contributed to his condition, but he says that it's his only enjoyment in life.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 6 Episode 4

    This episode focuses on older patients who've had to show resilience in their lives.

    Ellen, who's 86, has been brought in by ambulance after her daughters Carole and Janet found her collapsed on the floor at home. As she was on the floor for a long time, Ellen's body temperature has dropped dangerously low to just 27 degrees. She's also lost five pints of blood.

    The medics want to get Ellen warmed up as soon as possible, give her a blood transfusion and find out why she's lost so much blood. Meanwhile, Carole and Janet talk about their mum's uncomplaining nature and her lifelong work ethic.

    Martin, who's 75, is rushed to King's with severe abdominal pain. Doctors think appendicitis could be the cause. They give him morphine for the pain and prepare him for emergency surgery.

    As the medical team treat him, Martin talks about living alone and never being happy. But he also reveals his pride in his son Steve, a history professor based in America, and how much he looks forward to his visits home.

    Meanwhile, 70-year-old Lula is brought in after suffering a suspected stroke. The mum of 10 arrived in England from Sierra Leone in 2003, just after the civil war ended. Neurologists scan Lula's head to find out what's happened and have to decide whether to operate.

    And toddler Zara has come to A&E with some Lego stuck up her nose. It falls to junior doctor Jim to try to extract it.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 6 Episode 3

    Patients and staff at King's reflect on getting older and coming to terms with mortality.

    Brian, who's 74, is brought into King's by ambulance after falling backwards down a flight of stairs and being knocked unconscious. Brian has severe dementia and lives in sheltered accommodation, but he was staying at his partner Margaret's house at the time of the accident.

    Margaret speaks about the challenges of Brian's illness as well as their life together. 'The one thing he does keep saying is that he loves me. I think when that goes, that will really seem like the end,' she says.

    Meanwhile, Sylvester has brought his two-year-old son, Sylvester Junior, in to paediatric A&E after the toddler hit his head on a chair at church and cut his forehead. Sylvester speaks about the joys of fatherhood and how Junior can't keep still.

    And 70-year-old Leonard, a builder from South London, comes to King's with his partner Susanne. He's lost sensation down his left side and the medics are worried that he may have had a stroke, particularly as he has suffered a previous mini stroke.

    As the medics treat Leonard, he and Susanne describe how they met - when she was an 18-year-old croupier and he was a cab driver two decades her senior driving her home after a shift - as well as having six kids and what keeps Leonard feeling and acting younger than his age.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 6 Episode 2

    King's is a specialist stroke centre, treating over 1300 stroke patients each year. This episode features the work of the stroke team over 24 hours in the Emergency Department.

    Laura, who's 72, is rushed to King's after suffering a suspected stroke. She can't speak and her husband Camillo, her daughter Gabby and her grandchildren are soon by her bedside.

    With scans showing a blood clot on Laura's brain, the family have to decide, with the help of the medical team, whether she should have the clot-busting drug that could reduce the risk of permanent brain damage, but that carries a low risk of serious side effects.

    Father-of-three Nic walks into King's and collapses in reception. He's the over-40s National BMX Champion and has fallen 20 feet off his bike while performing a stunt in training. The medics are concerned that Nic doesn't appreciate how bad his injuries could be.

    Meanwhile, 83-year-old Marjorie has come to King's with pain behind her eye following a recent bout of shingles. While Marjorie is treated, her husband David talks about being born in a workhouse and how his family life only began after he met Marjorie, when her dog 'got naughty' with his.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 6 Episode 1

    This episode looks at how A&E is a place where mums and girlfriends show their natural instinct to protect their men.

    Four-year-old Alfie is rushed to King's with a broken thighbone after falling off his bike into a sandpit. The medical team are concerned that Alfie may have ruptured an artery, causing internal bleeding.

    It's a shock for Alfie's mum, Toni, who reveals why she is so protective of her son: her sister was murdered when she was a child.

    Nineteen-year-old Chris is brought in from a rugby match in Kent, having suffered suspected neck and spinal injuries from a hard impact during the game.

    Chris is experiencing numbness and the injuries look serious, so the medical team perform a series of tests, including a CT scan. He's accompanied by his mum and dad, as well as by his girlfriend, Becky, who stays by his side as they await news.

    Meanwhile, 42-year-old James has chest pains and is struggling to breathe. While the medical team find out what's wrong, James and his wife Fiona joke that he's a hypochondriac. But the tests show that they were right to come to King's.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 8

    This episode explores how life can change in the blink of an eye and how life or death depends on the actions of those around you when things go wrong.

    Leanne is the sister in charge of Resus today. Kevin, who's 78, is rushed to A&E by ambulance after suffering a cardiac arrest while exercising at the gym. Luckily for Kevin, gym instructor Jeff was nearby and was trained to use the gym's portable defibrillator to save his life.

    Kevin's wife Maureen was next door in the gym's swimming pool while all this was going on and came out of the changing rooms to find out that her husband's heart had stopped for a minute. Kevin begins to stabilise and he's sent to the specialist cardiac catheter lab for an emergency procedure.

    Meanwhile, 23-year-old paramedic Declan has been brought into A&E by his colleague Amy. He's feeling dizzy and junior doctor Sammy is concerned that there are signs he may have a problem with his brain so she sends him for an emergency CT scan to find out what's happening.

    And 83-year-old Monica has been rushed to King's after falling at home. Monica suffers from osteoporosis and is complaining of numbness in her leg after the fall.

    Her initial x-ray appears to indicate that she's suffered a broken neck. As she's treated, Monica talks about scrumping apples as a child, missing out on being a mother and losing her husband in a tragic accident.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 7

    This episode explores the importance of friendships for both staff and patients in A&E.

    David, who's 23, is brought to King's after having seizures uncontrollably for 30 minutes. He was found on the floor at home by his housemate Mike, who has accompanied him to hospital. This is David's second trip to A&E in a fortnight due to his epilepsy.

    'If someone doesn't stop to fit after half an hour, we will become very concerned,' says Dr Ling. 'Brain damage is a concern, so there's a pressure to get on top of the situation quickly.' David isn't responding to drugs so Ling weighs up the benefits of putting him into an induced coma to stop the seizures.

    Meanwhile, 49-year-old Suzette and her grandson Azario have come to King's after Suzette was knocked over by a cyclist. While Suzette waits to be seen, four-year-old Azario races around A&E on his scooter, reminding visitors and patients to wash their hands.

    And best friends Selin and Maria have come to King's after Selin cut her hand while taking the stone out of an avocado. While Selin has her finger stitched up by Dr Ling, she and Maria discuss what friendship means to them.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 6

    This episode focuses on the huge variety of cases that come in to King's A&E every day and the even more varied life stories that the patients and their relatives have to tell.

    Sister Jen is on duty in Resus. She's looking after 48-year-old Bobby, who's been brought to King's by his partner, Jackie, after having seizures at home. Bobby has spent most of his adult life in prison, with a number of convictions for violent crimes.

    While doctors control Bobby's seizures he talks about his life, from being sent out by his parents as a six-year-old child to steal dinner, to being put into care, an approved school, borstal and eventually prison. And he reflects on how Jackie has helped him to turn a corner and change his life.

    Seventy-year-old Ronald is brought to King's by paramedics. He was celebrating his 46th wedding anniversary with his wife Carole when he had problems breathing and she had to call an ambulance.

    As doctors examine Ronald to find out what has happened the couple talk about their life together and the difference between nagging and asking.

    Meanwhile, seven-year-old Rienelle is rushed to A&E after falling two metres from the top of a climbing frame at school, landing on her back. She's come to King's with her teacher, while her parents are on their way to the hospital.

    It's a paediatric trauma call and for consultant Chris this makes it particularly challenging.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 5

    While some have obvious symptoms, others initially baffle the medical team.

    Consultants Graham and Firas are running A&E and tensions run high as police suspect a patient has come to King's with a concealed weapon. 'I guess it's part of King's - you expect the unexpected,' says Firas.

    Mother-of-four Hillary, who's 58, arrives in Resus by air ambulance with a severe head injury after falling from her horse. Hillary stopped breathing at the scene of the accident, blew a pupil and was put into an induced coma.

    Firas suspects a life-threatening brain injury and Hillary is put in the specialist neurological unit while two of her children rush to King's to be by her side.

    Meanwhile, Icylyn comes to King's with a bloated abdomen. Consultant Graham initially thinks she might be pregnant, but tests rule that out and her symptoms throw the medics.

    Icylyn will have to wait overnight for diagnosis, but Graham is concerned that her symptoms could be the result of something serious. Icylyn is accompanied by her best friend Tony, who talks about their relationship and ponders what's really important in life.

    And 14-year-old Chloe is in Resus after getting involved in a fight after school. Doctors are worried that she may have injured her neck.

    As she's treated, Chloe talks about her love of high street fashion, the importance of having her nails painted regularly and what the people in her life mean to her.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 4

    This episode shows how a trip to A&E can act as a long overdue wake-up call.

    Malcolm, who's 56, has been rushed to King's after suffering a cardiac arrest, and is on life support. His wife Heather found him when his heart stopped and she managed to resuscitate him after two minutes, before the paramedics arrived.

    Heather and Malcolm's daughters feel that his survival was fate as Heather wouldn't usually have been at home to save him.

    Phil, who's 36, has come to King's with chronic pain in his back and side. Nightclub host Phil lives on tequila and milk, with virtually no solids.

    It's clear that Phil's party lifestyle, including over 100 units of alcohol a week, is taking its toll. As he's treated, Phil reflects on living the life of a 21-year-old at 36.

    Meanwhile, 12-year-old Kamilla is rushed to King's after being knocked down by a car on a pedestrian crossing on her way home from school. Doctors are worried that she has injured her head and neck.

    While Kamilla is scanned by doctors, her mother Nora talks about coming to England from Lithuania, her first impressions of London and her strong bond with her daughter.

    Finally, 61-year-old Bob has come in to A&E after developing numbness in his arm. Medics discover that Bob has suffered a stroke. His son Steven talks emotionally about what his father means to him, while he tries to keep a sense of humour.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 3

    This episode looks at the lottery of life through the eyes of patients and their relatives in A&E.

    Alyce, who's 89, is brought to King's by ambulance after falling near her home. She's accompanied by her neighbour and close friend Linda. Alyse reveals her resolve to make sure she lives long enough to celebrate her next birthday: her 90th.

    And as doctors run tests to rule out anything serious, Alyce talks about her childhood and about the love of her life, her husband Steve, who never called her 'Alyce', only 'Babe', and tried to pinch her bum on the stairs.

    Soon after, 23-year-old Sean is rushed to King's after a seizure that has lasted most of the night. He's brought to King's three to four times a year for seizures that stem from his epilepsy.

    When the seizure stops, Sean suggests that the latest episode has been brought on by the stress of his imminent wedding. And Sean and his fiancée Zara describe how they met and how they manage life with the ever present threat of Sean's illness.

    Meanwhile, 57-year-old father of one John comes to King's after suffering bouts of delirium, the result of liver disease. John may have developed Hepatitis C after experimenting with drugs when he lived in a squat 40 years ago.

    John is learning to live with the consequences and trying to spend as much time as he can with his son, Sean, who has a terminal brain disorder.

    John touchingly considers how his condition is the result of his own misadventure whereas his son is ill through no fault of his own.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 2

    This episode meets patients at King's facing up to some difficult home truths.

    Consultant Des is running Resus. One of his patients is 50-year-old mechanical engineer Graham, who's rushed to King's by ambulance. He's had a suspected heart attack after complaining of chest pains.

    Graham is accompanied by his brother and business partner Tony, who talks about their carefree days in the 80s, their funny haircuts and the bars in Bermondsey where they used to hang out.

    As Des treats Graham it becomes clear that stress and lifestyle could have been contributing to his health problems over time. It's a moment of reckoning for Graham and his wife Gina, who arrives to be at his side.

    Tests confirm that Graham has suffered a heart attack and he is transferred to the specialist heart attack centre at King's, where cardiologist Phil carries out a procedure to reopen a blocked artery.

    Pat, who's 71, is taken to King's by paramedics after her husband Bill found her unconscious at home. Bill and the doctors are concerned because she has a history of brain haemorrhages.

    As Pat's symptoms worsen doctors take her for a CT scan to determine whether she's suffered a brain injury. Bill talks about their long life together and how she loves Elvis Presley and dancing, although he has two left feet.

    Meanwhile, 65-year-old Mick is brought to King's after a neighbour found him lying in the street with blood coming out of his ear.

    Doctors are concerned that his confusion might partly be a result of a brain haemorrhage and he has to be sedated to allow doctors to do a scan of his neck and brain to discover if he's had an internal bleed to his brain.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 5 Episode 1

    On Red Nose Day, patients and staff at King's reflect on the importance of being able to focus on the brighter side of life.

    Dilson, who's 33, is rushed in by ambulance with severe knife wounds after being repeatedly stabbed in the head and neck as he tried to stop a fight outside a nightclub.

    Dilson is agitated when he arrives and the staff have to calm him down before they can properly assess his injuries. It's vital he has a CT scan as it's incredibly difficult to judge how serious a stabbing is from a visual inspection.

    Doreen, who's 79, arrives at King's after falling at home and breaking her wrist. Doreen's daughter Helen arrives to be with her mother.

    As Doreen's wrist is treated, mother and daughter describe their strong bond and the pain they both experienced when Doreen and her husband had to have their young children taken into care when they couldn't cope. Helen tracked down Doreen when she was in her twenties and they're now inseparable.

    Meanwhile, two-year-old Cydney is brought into paediatric A&E by her concerned parents, Keeley and Michael. Cydney hasn't had a wee for two days. Consultant Firas thinks the toddler will be fine, but he wants her to have blood tests to make sure.

    As they wait for the results, Keeley and Michael reflect on the highs and lows of becoming parents at 13, and how they've decided to stop at four kids.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 4 Episode 6

    This episode explores how friends and relatives can help in the healing process. Stacie, who's 38, is transferred to King's early in the morning after falling out of a tree onto her head at a friend's all-night divorce party. She's accompanied by her ex-boyfriend John and old friend Laura, who've come to be by her side and act as next of kin.

    It's evident that Stacie has been badly hurt, but doctors have to work out the severity of the injuries to her spine and neck. When it becomes clear that her spine is broken in two places and that Stacie has no feeling below her hips the medical team worry that she may be paralysed.

    Nineteen-year-old veterinary student Ashleigh is rushed to A&E by helicopter after being involved in a high-speed head-on car crash. She was driving home for Sunday lunch at the time and was left trapped in her car after the collision. Ashleigh is agitated and doctors have to sedate her so she doesn't further injure herself and so that she can be stabilised for scanning.

    The medical team are concerned that Ashleigh may have a brain injury. Her mother Angela and stepfather Paul arrive, as does her dad Pete. As Ashleigh receives treatment, they reflect on their lives with her.

    Meanwhile, 78-year-old Peter arrives at King's on his own with abdominal pains. As he's treated, Peter paints a picture of his life: being rescued as a young child from a concentration camp by Russian soldiers and going around the world four times, twice on a motorbike. But he's not met the right woman to settle down with yet.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 4 Episode 5

    Twelve-year-old Eddie is brought into A&E by ambulance after being hit by a car on his way home from school. Eddie's head 'bullseyed' the windscreen and he was thrown, somersaulting twice before landing on the pavement.

    Eddie's accompanied by his sister Chloe while his mum, Justine, rushes back from a rare day out with friends in central London to be by his side. It turns out this is the accident-prone schoolboy's fourth visit to A&E on a blue light.

    Concerned that Eddie may have suffered a bleed on the brain, consultant Liz sends him for a CT scan. And when blood is detected in his urine, Eddie is sent for a second scan in case of damage to his kidneys.

    Linda, who's 64, is brought into King's after suffering from respiratory failure at home. Having recently undergone an operation to treat cancer, she now breathes with the help of a tracheostomy, a small hole in her windpipe.

    And, as her vocal chords had to be removed, Linda communicates with the medical team by writing notes. Linda reflects on what it was like to lose her voice, working as an undertaker and going on pub crawls with her late husband, John.

    Meanwhile, 20-year-old student Amy has come into King's with her friend Helena after coughing up blood and experiencing headaches and chest pain.

    And Courtney, who's also 20, has been sent to King's by her optician, who detected an unusual swelling behind her eyes.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 4 Episode 4

    More than 400 patients are treated in a busy 24 hours at King's.

    Peggy, who's 85, arrives by ambulance with her doting husband Clement. She's fallen at home and hurt her knee. It's the second time she's fallen in two months and medics want to find out if there's something more serious going on.

    Peggy suffers from Alzheimer's, and Clement reminisces about their life together, including how he proposed to her by accident. But he knows her condition is getting worse.

    Bob, who's 75, arrives by ambulance after a suspected heart attack. He has a history of heart disease and has had a triple bypass. The medical team are keeping him under a close watch.

    Bob talks about the pros and cons of being an older father to his 25-year-old son Matthew, who reflects on being a young boy with a dad people assume is your granddad. And they both contemplate the future.

    Meanwhile brothers Ben and James arrive at King's after a night out in the West End. Ben's finger has become very swollen and painful.

    The 25-year-old isn't overly concerned, but the doctor diagnoses cellulitis. It can be serious - and could lead to potentially fatal septicaemia - so Ben will need to be seen by a plastic surgeon and have an operation.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 4 Episode 3

    This episode focuses on the strong bonds within families and the challenge of breaking bad news.

    Bill, who's 92, arrives at King's with breathing difficulties and a swollen leg. He's accompanied by his stepdaughter Jo. As he's treated, doctors suspect the shortness of breath and swelling could be due to a clot and send him for X-rays. But the test results suggest there may be something more serious wrong.

    Meanwhile, Bill talks about reaching his nineties and his strong bond with his stepdaughter.

    Andy comes into King's with stomach cramps. The 45-year-old had a liver transplant 10 years ago and, as doctors investigate the cause of his discomfort, Andy reflects on living with someone else's liver, growing up in the East End, his time as a punk living in a squat in Waterloo and his career with the Royal Navy.

    Sarah, who's 25, has been finding it hard to stand up and has been brought into King's by her mum and grandfather. Sarah has learning difficulties as a result of an inherited genetic disorder. Her dad died from the same condition when she was just seven.

    As her symptoms deteriorate, doctors are concerned she may have suffered a stroke. Sarah's grandfather Clive is by her side throughout. He reflects on his strong bond with Sarah and their mutual love of Charlton Athletic.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 4 Episode 2

    The series continues with a touching episode dedicated to love.

    Concerned young parents Nicole and Stefian arrive in Resus by ambulance with their 19-month-old baby daughter Xah'Nae. She's been vomiting, has a high fever and has become floppy and unresponsive.

    The King's medical team are concerned that Xah'Nae may have a life-threatening infection around her brain and in her spine, possibly encephalitis. Doctors hope a strong mixture of antibiotic and anti-viral drugs will stabilise her.

    Meanwhile, 61-year-old Christine is brought into Resus, unconscious after collapsing in her sister's bathroom. She had a stroke 10 years ago, and the doctors are concerned that she may have had another.

    As the medical team treats Christine and tries to establish why she passed out, her husband Dave contemplates their life together. They've been married for 42 years, and Dave paints a picture of a relationship that's tempestuous but founded on true love.

    Graham, who's 52, has fallen over in the bathroom and hit his head. He's been brought in to A&E by his adoring sisters Christine and Jean, who are also his carers. Graham has Down's syndrome and has recently developed dementia.

    Christine and Jean stay by Graham's side, giving him constant reassurance as he's scanned and has his wound treated. The two sisters discuss their love for their little brother and the challenges and joys of caring for him, and contemplate what the future holds for them all.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 4 Episode 1

    This episode focuses on patients rushed into King's after being involved in serious traffic accidents, and shows that not all problems are immediately obvious.

    Steve, a 48-year-old retired soldier, arrives for special treatment after driving off a road and being found unconscious at the wheel of his car. But doctors don't know whether Steve lost consciousness before the crash so they need to run tests to ascertain what happened.

    Eleven-year-old schoolgirl Scarlett has been knocked down by a car on her way to the Science Museum. She's anxious on arrival so the King's team, led by consultant Firas, have to calm her down so that they can treat her.

    Seventy-year-old Pauline was hit by a car that mounted the pavement, seriously injuring her lower legs. As someone who's always put others first, Pauline reflects on the novelty of having to let others do things for her.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 3 Episode 21

    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.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 3 Episode 20

    This episode focuses on a young girl who is seriously injured when she's run over by a bus, as well as other pedestrians who've ended up as patients at King's College Hospital in south London.

    Twelve-year-old Jade from Kent is rushed 20 miles to King's after being hit by a car and knocked under a bus while walking to school. Her shocked mum Amanda travels with her in the ambulance, alongside a police officer.

    Doctors are concerned that Jade may have fractured her skull and could have internal injuries, so she needs an emergency CT scan to determine the extent of the damage.

    Trauma consultant Des and a specialist paediatric team are on hand to deal with Jade's injuries, and the staff are conscious that it's hard for her parents too.

    Just a few hours later, Des has his second road traffic victim of the day. Sixty-year-old Geraldine was on her way home from a shopping trip when she was knocked over by a car while trying to cross the road.

    Meanwhile, in minors, 40-year-old Brian has broken his ankle after falling while running for a bus. He's recently been released from prison and his electronic curfew tag is attached to his injured leg. His increasingly swollen ankle means it will have to be cut off.

    And six-year-old Linus has come in with his mum Polly after claiming to have swallowed a toy ring. Much to his mum's surprise, she finds out this isn't the first time he's consumed small metal objects.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 3 Episode 19

    On a busy Saturday night the A&E staff have to juggle the needs of elderly patients and sick children with patients who are drunk or violent.

    Dr Fleur, who's six months pregnant, is the lead trauma consultant working with senior sister Jen during a hectic night shift in Resus. The department's full and some patients can be challenging.

    Twelve-year-old Grace has fallen down a flight of stairs and has potentially serious spine and neck injuries. She's brought into Resus by paramedics with her mum Michelle and needs to have a CT scan to assess the extent of the damage.

    Parents Sarah and Andy have brought in their 10-month-old son Dexter, who's been vomiting, has a high temperature and is unresponsive.

    Later, 88-year-old Irene is brought in by ambulance after suffering with chest pains through the night. As she reflects about growing up in London during the war, her son Stuart faces up to the fact that his own role in the family is changing.

    Meanwhile, clinical site manager Gordon has worked at Kings' for 14 years. He's in charge of the day-to-day running of hospital resources, including the hospital beds. When senior sister Jen notices that he has a bloodshot eye she suggests he gets his blood pressure checked. Further tests reveal news that changes Gordon's life.

  • 24 Hours in A&E

    Series 3 Episode 18

    This moving episode looks at the start and end of life, as well as the joys and fears of living alone.

    Seventy-five-year-old Graham is brought in to A&E having been the victim of a random attack - he's been stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors by a stranger on his doorstep. Graham is also vulnerable because he suffers from schizophrenia.

    Meanwhile, 89-year-old Pat, a former nursery nurse, arrives having been found at the bottom of her stairs with no recollection of how she got there.

    Mum of five Cheryl has brought her four-year-old son Dylan into King's because he's struggling to breathe. Then things get even worse as Cheryl's eldest son Saner also has to be rushed in for treatment for a severe asthma attack.

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    Series 3 Episode 17

    Senior sister Jen's first case of the night shift is a young man who's had a severe reaction to the recreational drug GBL. As he's wheeled into Resus by paramedics, accompanied by police, his limbs are flailing and he's spitting at the staff.

    Jen and the medical team face a challenge to calm their patient down so they can treat him. But they can't solve all his problems.

    Meanwhile in Majors, three local Camberwell women have been enjoying a very different night out. Christine, who's 65, was playing bingo when she fell off a chair and hit her head.

    She's been brought to King's by her best friends Joan and Jean. Between cups of tea, sandwiches and visits from the doctor, the ladies recall growing up in south London, their jobs and their families. Through it all, friendship has endured.

    Back in Resus, 31-year-old Mark has been rushed to King's by his mum Juliana after developing a fever at home. Mark has an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis and Juliana is his full-time carer.

    A former fitness instructor, Mark was struck down by the disease when he was 20 after a blow to the head. Since then it has damaged his speech and his sight.

    The medical team stabilise Mark, but as the night draws on his condition deteriorates and he becomes critically ill, with a risk of blood poisoning and organ failure. While Mark drifts in and out of consciousness, Juliana refuses to give up.

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    Series 3 Episode 16

    This episode focuses on the different ways that people deal with pain and how the care and support of friends and family can help you get through almost anything.

    Motorcyclist Richard, who's 23, is rushed into A&E by helicopter, after colliding with a parked car at speed. He was flung through the air and hit another car's bonnet and a lamppost before landing face-down on the pavement.

    He's one of over 2500 road traffic accident victims treated by King's College Hospital every year.

    It's newly-promoted consultant Fleur's first shift in charge of trauma. She sends Richard off for scans to determine the extent of his injuries.

    They reveal that he has suffered fractures to the sockets and balls of both hips and injured one of his testicles and he'll need surgery to save it.

    Richard's dad Ian rushes in. He's always worried about his son riding motorbikes, but he did the same when he was younger and feels he would be a hypocrite to object.

    Bar worker Bobby, who's 22, stood, barefoot, on a broken wine bottle and has a deep cut. His best friend Sophie, who moved to London from Dublin with him, provides moral support and distracts him while junior doctor Ed stitches his foot up.

    Meanwhile, 75-year-old Sarah has fallen, fracturing her wrist. Doctors are also worried about her irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.

    But Sarah deals with the pain stoically, supported by her daughter Lorraine and son Kieron, who's forced to acknowledge that his mum isn't as young as she used to be and that their relationship is changing.

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    Series 3 Episode 15

    The King's medical team deal with challenges ranging from a critically-injured dad to an aggravated prisoner.

    Staff nurse Graeme is punched and bitten by a prisoner who's been brought in for treatment. The team have to restrain their patient before they can give him the care he needs.

    Father-of-two Tony, who's 59, is rushed in by helicopter medics after being badly hurt in a head-on road traffic collision. He was trapped in his van and had to be cut free.

    He has a dislocated hip and a smashed knee and can't feel his right leg, plus he has broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

    It's especially difficult for his parents: Tony's brother Dean died at King's from a brain haemorrhage when he was 17 and they face the prospect of losing another son at the hospital.

    Another patient arrives under police escort after a crash following a high-speed car chase.

    But just as doctors begin to diagnose him, he leaps out of bed and tries to escape. Medical and security staff scramble to catch and restrain him.

    Meanwhile, 85-year-old Eric has ongoing stomach problems. He and his partner Helen first met in the 1960s, but things didn't work out.

    They met again by chance at a doctor's surgery almost 30 years later and have stayed together since.

    And 79-year-old Jim has breathing difficulties. He quickly strikes up a rapport with the female staff and muses on what it means to be a gentleman, how to look after yourself in a fight and the importance of family.

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    Series 3 Episode 14

    This episode focuses on fall-related and alcohol-related injuries. One in ten patients in A&E comes in after a fall.

    Eleven-year-old Archie has tripped and fallen up a step at the school library and has badly cut his lip. Archie's worried about stitches, but he's also concerned about his rumbling tummy; he hasn't had his favourite dinner of chicken and chips.

    Kevin, a 57-year-old tree surgeon, has fallen off a stepladder, landing heavily on a sharp metal bar, and he's struggling to breathe.

    His wife June knows that he will never be a 'sitting in the armchair reading a book' kind of guy, but it's hard for her to see him in pain and the doctors are concerned he has punctured his lung.

    John, who's 53, has fallen down a flight of steps at the south London hostel where he lives. He's been drinking heavily and has a deep wound on the top of his head.

    John's first love was music, but he has hit hard times in recent years, including drugs and living on the streets.

    Meanwhile, 31-year-old barman Ross has fallen and smashed his head against a wall. He was leaving a club after an alcohol-fuelled work night out.

    He's fractured his eye socket and has a possible bleed on his brain, but the full extent of the damage won't be clear until he sobers up.

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    Series 3 Episode 13

    A powerful episode about the challenges of motherhood and the responsibility of raising sons.

    Sarah, who's 35, has had a blistering headache for four days. She's finally come in to A&E, worried that a recurring brain tumour she first had as a teenager has returned.

    Sarah says that, now that she has a young son of her own, the thought of going through it again 'is 100 times more scary.'

    Forty-seven-year-old mum Helen has come in with her 10-month-old son James who has been vomiting since the morning. James was born prematurely with a hole in his heart and one kidney and spent his first 13 weeks in hospital.

    Helen is worried that it could be something more serious than a stomach bug. 'With that history you can imagine I would be very protective,' says Helen. 'There was absolutely no way that I was taking any chances with him.'

    And Wayne, a 28-year-old glazer, has been stabbed twice in the leg as he tried to stop someone stealing his girlfriend's mobile phone outside a pub. His mum Joan reflects on her son's wayward youth and how he has turned his life around.

    'It doesn't matter what they've done and what you've gone through, you're always going to be protective about them,' says Joan. 'And here's something happening that you have absolutely no control over.'

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    Series 3 Episode 12

    At King's, husbands and wives reflect on their enduring marriages and the changing nature of love, while the A&E staff talk about the wisdom that comes with experience.

    Scott is the senior nurse in charge of a very busy shift in Resus. All the beds are full, a trauma has just arrived and an air ambulance trauma is on its way.

    Pauline, who's 56, has had a fall at home, hitting her head on a table. She smashed her teeth, but the main concern is injury to her spine and neck.

    Pauline's propensity for accidents is a constant worry for her husband, John. Soon after, the air ambulance brings in satellite and aerial-fitter David from Sussex.

    The 62-year-old has fallen 30 feet head-first from a roof. He has life-threatening injuries to his head, chest and abdomen. His wife Pam is being blue-lighted into London by the police.

    Opera critic John and his wife Gudrun are in minors. John injured his leg on a skiing holiday and has pain in his ankle.

    They've been together for 48 years and John admits the longevity of their relationship probably comes down to his wife being in charge.

    Meanwhile, window cleaner Alfred, who still works at the age of 78, has had to come to terms with life without Peggy, his wife of nearly 60 years, who recently died in a nursing home.

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    Series 3 Episode 11

    This touching episode explores the responsibility of caring for elderly relatives, while reflecting on the full, and often colourful, lives that some of the older patients at King's have led.

    Ninety-four-year-old Douglas is a highly decorated Second World War veteran who served in an elite commando unit. He's been brought in to A&E by his youngest daughter, Sylvie, because his breathing has deteriorated.

    Sylvie, who's an amputee, has been his full-time carer for the last 20 years. Douglas has four children, 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and a cheeky sense of humour.

    Another nonagenarian, Hector, has been brought in by ambulance with life-threatening problems: his airway is in danger of collapsing and his blood pressure is dangerously high. Hector is on his own and keeps asking for his grandson, Glen - his only living relative.

    'He reckons that the key to long life was to live a decent life and make sure you eat your porridge,' says Glen. 'If my sons are half the man he was I'd still be happy.'

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    Series 3 Episode 10

    The RTS Award-winning series continues with an episode about how men deal with pain - whether it's from injury or a broken heart. From fractures, breaks and dislocations to illness brought on by mental anguish, the staff at King's reflect on the different ways in which people deal with physical and emotional pain.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Ahmed has dislocated his shoulder in a game of American football and has to grit his teeth while doctor Matt puts it back into place. The relief is immediate and Ahmed leaves A&E with a smile on his face. 'It's like scoring a goal when you manage to get a shoulder back in,' says Matt. 'Or winning £10 on the lottery.'

    But it's not so straightforward to offer such simple cures to people with long-term illnesses. Twenty-four-year-old Lee suffers from Behçet's Syndrome, a condition that affects the nervous system and causes pain so severe he passes out. He's had the disorder for six years and this is his third admission for chronic pain in the past two months alone. But fiancée Meghan is by Lee's side, looking after him. She's the person who keeps him going. 'Without her I don't think I'd be here right now,' says Lee.

    Meanwhile, 30-year-old dad of four Simon is brought in by ambulance after being found unconscious at the bottom of a stairwell. It soon emerges that his partner of 10 years has ended their relationship and he's not eaten for days.

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    Series 3 Episode 9

    A touching episode about people living on their own and reaching out to others.

    Thirty-two-year-old scaffolder Thomas has been struck on the back of the head by a six-metre pole at a building site in South London.

    He lost consciousness and was convulsing at the scene. Doctors are concerned he may have fractured his skull, spine or neck.

    Hilton has diabetes and is worried about his swollen legs. At 85, he lives on his own and looks after himself, but he's come to King's with his cousin Earl.

    Hilton keeps busy putting the world to rights and quipping with his cousin and Nancy, the nurse looking after him.

    'I feel as young as ever, I'm quite happy,' says Hilton. 'Never married yet, I don't want nobody to have me pinned down to them. I like to be free.'

    Retired architect Edgar comes in after suffering an asthma attack. He's struggling to breathe, but A&E doctor Des realises that it's not just asthma that's troubling the 79-year-old.

    Edgar tells Des that his wife of 45 years, who was a nurse, passed away a few months earlier. He's grieving for her and has no one to turn to, so Des tries to get him some support.

    And in the waiting room two older women make friends, talk about their life, love and loss and exchange jokes with each other. As one of them points out philosophically, 'Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you sleep alone.'

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    Series 3 Episode 8

    This episode is about living life to the full and not looking back. Forty-seven-year-old Gary was on his motorcycle when he had a head-on collision with a car.

    The single father of two is a code red trauma and is flown 50 miles to King's by air ambulance. He's on life support with serious head, chest and limb injuries and has been put in a medically-induced coma to reduce the risk of brain damage.

    A&E consultant Chris is leading a trauma team of 20 and her immediate concern is keeping Gary alive: 'You're thinking what will kill him first... you're always thinking of the chances of survival,' she says.

    In minors, 69-year-old charmer Steve has a fishbone stuck in his finger. It happened while he was preparing supper for a female friend.

    'I was showing off my skills in cooking fish,' he says. 'I got somewhat distracted by her beauty, I just got complacent and that's when it happened.'

    His fear of pain and needles make it a challenge for the nurse to anaesthetise his finger and remove the bone.

    A year ago, 58-year-old Terry was diagnosed with lung cancer and given two weeks to live. But Terry's a fighter and won't give up easily.

    He's in A&E with his friend and carer Sandy, who looked after Terry's identical twin brother, Tom, during his last months and promised she would do the same for Terry.

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    Series 3 Episode 7

    This episode takes a moving - and sometimes light-hearted - look at when boys become men, and passing the baton between the generations.

    Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas has been punched in the face in a random attack. His jaw is fractured and dislocated and he can't close his mouth or speak.

    Consultant craniofacial surgeon Rob, a world-renowned specialist, puts Nicholas's jaw back in place with his 'magic thumb'.

    Tyrell has damaged his big toe playing football. The 17-year-old's blackened toenail needs to be removed and his dad, Adrian, uses the opportunity to lecture him that experiencing pain is what separates men from boys and about the importance of knowing his family tree as well as he knows Spanish football.

    Ho, who's 26, has brought his 78-year-old grandma Amoui to King's after finding her collapsed in her flat.

    Amoui came to Britain during the Vietnam war and she's been like a mother to Ho. The thought of losing her is almost too much for her grandson to bear.

    Meanwhile, consultant Rob, the first person in his family to go to university - 'or, for that matter, to do an A-level' - recalls his own rite of passage to becoming a man, with his father, who left school at 13 to work in a brick yard to support his family.

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    Series 3 Episode 6

    This episode focuses on the worried parents of a young girl who fell dangerously at the diving pool, and the difficult work of the hospital's security team.

    Eight-year-old Abby hit her head after falling from the steps of a high diving board. The medical team need to scan her head and neck to check for serious injuries.

    'Head injury in children always makes me worried,' says Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant Tushar. 'Seeing her getting drowsy was not good; her brain could be under pressure from a blood clot.'

    Abby's mum Nikki is at her beside, but dad Scott is in Scotland, having missed the last train home. Nikki is putting on a brave face and trying to hold things together for her daughter, but like every parent whose child is injured, inside she's terrified.

    'I had to say to her you're going to be fine, you're doing really well, just to get through it,' she says.

    'I noticed the sheer look of panic and that bottled-up emotion that every mother has when they're scared,' says Tushar. 'Wanting "please tell me this is going to all be all right". And I can't, because I will not give false hope.'

    Meanwhile, the hospital security team deals with over 50 incidents every month in A&E, ranging from verbal abuse to assault. Anne and Holton are both working the night shift, dealing with a variety of challenging patients in the hospital.

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    Series 3 Episode 5

    The series continues with a moving and emotional episode about head injuries and the power of unconditional love.

    Forty-seven-year-old Chrissie was crossing the road near her home when she was hit by a motorcycle. The side of Chrissie's face took the brunt of the impact and the main concern is potential bleeding behind the eye or in the brain.

    Her husband Tim struggles to get to the hospital: he's stuck in the traffic jam her accident has caused.

    Chrissie and Tim first met over 20 years ago. It was love at first sight and Tim proposed almost immediately. But three weeks before the wedding, Chrissie changed her mind, Tim moved out and he never came back.

    Four years ago Chrissie got in touch looking for closure and they decided, finally, to get married. But could Chrissie's accident jeopardise their second chance of happiness?

    John is in Resus with a suspected stroke; fortunately, King's specialises in caring for stroke patients. He's confused and doesn't know what year it is.

    But in spite of his fears about memory loss, John's irrepressible sense of humour shines through.

    Meanwhile, Benedict, who's 22 and a gifted musician, has come into King's because of his drinking problems: he drinks over 70 units of alcohol a day.

    Damian, Benedict's dad, finds it difficult to watch the destructive nature of his son's alcoholism; can a father's unconditional love overcome such a terrible disease?

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    Series 3 Episode 4

    It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air at King's College Hospital's Accident and Emergency Department.

    'Relationships in A&E, it can go either one way or the other,' says nurse Abbie. 'It can bring people closer together because they get a fright and then they realise that some things actually really don't matter now my partner's sick. But you do see the odd fight.'

    Father-of-three John, who's 53, was on his way to work when he came off his motorbike and struck a bollard, injuring his shoulder.

    Frances, his partner of 24 years, is abroad and John doesn't want to spoil her holiday - she worries about him going out on his motorbike every day - so he asks their son not to tell her he's in hospital.

    'I'm a psychologist,' says John. 'Some of the work I do is with pain management and I teach particular skills to my clients - none of those skills were of any use to me at that time.'

    Consultant Graham decides John's pain is so bad that he'll give him ketamine: a sedative so strong it's also used as a horse tranquiliser.

    Gary is in King's with a bleed on the brain and a suspected stroke. His partner Tracy is at his side to support him.

    They met at a biker's rally in Kent ten years ago and are still deeply in love. Despite appearances, Gary is a secret softie.

    Eighty-four-year-old Ronald has been bitten by his dog Benjie while they were playing with a ball.

    Ronald's wife Cathy passed away after 50 years of marriage; Benjie is his constant companion, and is being very contrite since the accident.

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    Series 3 Episode 3

    A powerful cautionary episode about events that shock people into reflecting on the way they live their lives.

    Thirty-nine-year-old Neil was driving a friend's sports car when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.

    After remaining trapped in the wreckage for over an hour, he's flown by HEMS, the helicopter emergency medics, to King's A&E. The main concern is potential paralysis from injury to his neck and back.

    Meanwhile in Minors, two patients have come in as the result of daredevil antics.

    Thomassine, who's 21, is a fledgling skateboarder who was encouraged by her best friend Andre to do a risky stunt in the park after dark and she's badly hurt her ankle.

    Another patient, 34-year-old Matias, tried to get onto a train after the doors had closed. With his hands trapped, he was dragged along the platform until he managed to pull himself free.

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    Series 3 Episode 2

    The RTS award-winning series continues with a moving and tender episode about three daughters' love for their mother and the fear of losing her.

    Eighty-year-old Rose has fluid on her lungs and is having trouble breathing. Her three daughters Christine, Sandra and Debbie put on brave faces around their mother's bedside, convincing her that everything will be all right, but in the relatives' room there is high emotion as they tearfully contemplate life without her.

    Debbie wants to get the grandchildren to the hospital before it's too late, but older sister Sandra thinks all the family being there will make their mum think it's her last rites.

    Sister Claire, who is looking after Rose, knows only too well the torment the families go through around end of life decisions: 'As doctors and nurses, we have to accept we can't change everything and there's not always a miracle cure,' she says. 'Once you accept it is happening you have to get it right. You can't get dying wrong'.

    Also in resus is Kevin, a 55-year-old trucker who jack-knifed his lorry, 'bullseyed' the windscreen and rolled down a verge. He was trapped in the wreckage for an hour before being cut free and air lifted to King's by the Kent air ambulance. He has injuries to his pelvis, neck and head. His wife Janet waits anxiously to find out how serious it is.

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    Series 3 Episode 1

    The third series begins with a powerful episode about how our lives can change forever in the blink of an eye.

    In a shocking random act of violence, a young woman is knocked to the ground after being punched in the face by a stranger on her way home from work. Lying in the street, she's fighting for her life when Andrew, a passer-by, finds her and calls 999.

    A&E doctor Des has worked at King's for over five years and is rarely shocked by what he sees, but when the unidentified young woman arrives in Resus with life-threatening swelling on her brain, the impact is felt by him and the entire department.

    Also in Resus is 12-year-old Tom. He was hit by a car on his way home from school and airlifted to King's by HEMS, the helicopter emergency medics.

    His mum Anna faces an agonising wait as A&E Consultant Emer assesses the extent of the damage to her son's brain.

    Meanwhile, 90-year-old ex-circus performer Frank is in A&E after collapsing at home.

    News of his colourful past - including training bears and lifting horses - quickly travels amongst the staff as they try to determine what brought him to King's.

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    Series 2 Episode 14

    The final episode of the series focuses on men with very different problems who are all being treated at the King's Emergency Department on a busy night shift.

    Stacey, a 37-year-old dad of six, and grandfather, has come to King's with his girlfriend Tara. He's suffering from breathing difficulties. He had a collapsed lung eight years ago and is afraid the symptoms have returned.

    Stacey demands a bed and a sandwich as well as immediate attention from senior staff nurse Laura, who's in charge of the busy Minors section. But it becomes clear that his attitude masks vulnerability about being in hospital.

    Twenty-six-year-old Andrew trains at the gym every day with a group of friends who call themselves 'The Spartans', but he arrives at King's with back pain after being knocked off his motorbike by a car.

    Sam has been rushed to resus after being kicked and punched in the head and body outside one of London's most exclusive nightclubs. The 20-year-old is weak and numb, but has another reason not to want to be at King's: his dad died at the hospital.

    As well as possible injuries to his neck and spine, Sam also has a broken nose, and he's worried that he may have lost his looks.

    And Henry has had hiccups for three days. He's got a vital electrician's exam in the morning and registrar Faheem is determined to diagnose his problem and get him well in time.

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    Series 2 Episode 13

    This episode focuses on patients whose illnesses prove tricky to diagnose.

    Nine-year-old Tino is rushed to resus after slumping over her desk at school. Usually a lively young girl, she can't remember what day it is or her surname. She doesn't even recognise her own mum.

    Consultant Liz is concerned that Tino is displaying the symptoms of encephalitis, a viral infection that causes swelling of the brain and that can have devastating consequences.

    In majors, 45-year-old Karen is experiencing numbness down her left side and needs a scan. But it soon becomes clear that Karen's condition is more complicated than it first appears.

    Karen's been told by various doctors over the years that her issue isn't physical, but psychological, but she won't accept it.

    Meanwhile, 11-year-old Bailey has been brought to King's after he was run over outside school by a slow moving car.

    He's broken his leg and has cuts to his face and body and has to endure the excruciating pain of having his broken leg physically re-straightened before it can be pinned.

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    Series 2 Episode 12

    This episode focuses on the bond between parents and children - including the youngest patient ever featured on the series - and what happens when the roles have to be reversed due to illness.

    Three-month-old Jaziah has been rushed to resus with breathing difficulties. He's severely underweight and has an enlarged liver.

    Consultant Jacqui needs to act fast to keep Jaziah alive, while his mum, Kenita, can only watch as the specialist paediatric team is called in to assist.

    Doctors are concerned that Jaziah's swollen liver signifies that there's a problem with his heart and that he may need immediate surgery to save his life.

    Meanwhile, in paediatric A&E, 18-month-old Charlie's mum Kerry is waiting for urine test results that could explain why he's been feeling unwell for five days.

    Ronald, who's 81, has been brought to King's by his daughter Tracey. He's had a suspected stroke, which is affecting his speech. He needs a CT scan to assess how serious it is and what his hopes of rehabilitation are.

    Registrar N'daba has been working with stroke patients for many years and has seen how quickly the parent/ child relationship is reversed.

    And as night falls, 19-year-olds Emily and Amber are waiting for news on Charlie, who they brought to the hospital after he hurt his hand. They've never met him before, but didn't want him to have to come to the hospital alone.

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    Series 2 Episode 11

    As snow falls and King's prepares for a surge in slips and falls on the ice, five-year-old Daisy is rushed into resus with her dad Damien after her skirt caught alight on their gas fire.

    She has first and second degree burns over around 13% of her body. Paediatric sister Jen needs to treat Daisy and try to ease her pain and distress.

    Daisy is losing fluid as a result of her burns so needs to be constantly replenished to keep her stable. Damien, who put the flames out with his bare hands, needs treatment for his injuries too.

    Dane has brought his 74-year-old dad Maurice to King's after he fell and hurt his hand. Maurice spent his working life as a concierge, dealing with celebrities and dignitaries, but he now has dementia and his short-term memory is failing him.

    As the snow continues, 61-year-old Ginger is being treated in minors. She was putting a cashmere jumper over her cat Hector to keep him warm when he scratched her and now her hand is infected and swollen. She's surprised to find out she may need to stay overnight at King's for treatment.

    Meanwhile, young burns victim Daisy needs to be transferred for specialist treatment, including skin grafts, but no one can be sure whether her scars will be permanent.

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    Series 2 Episode 10

    Staff nurse Sophie has moved from the Lancashire coast to work at King's, leaving her family behind for the first time. She's been at King's for just three weeks and it's been an eye-opening experience.

    Sophie's first patient today is 22-year-old chef James. He's come to King's after a stabbing, but in this case it was self-inflicted: James accidentally stabbed himself in the thigh with a paring knife while chopping tomatoes at work.

    He's bleeding heavily; he requires deep tissue stitches, and has to make a tricky phone call to his worried mum. As James is transferred to a ward, another patient arrives following a call on the red phone; Sophie must try to keep them alive manually with chest compressions.

    As night falls, 54-year-old dad-of-two Bernard is brought to resus. He's fallen against a car and hurt his head. He was apparently unconscious for ten minutes and doctors are concerned about damage to his head, neck and spine.

    As Bernard is joined at the hospital by his daughter Cassie and his ex-wife, it soon becomes clear that his accident is a result of an evening's drinking.

    Meanwhile, 83-year-old Ruby arrives with severe knee pain, accompanied by her worried daughter Sarah.

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    Series 2 Episode 9

    This episode focuses on mothers, daughters and mortality.

    Seventy-one-year-old Josephine has been brought to King's College Hospital with chronic breathing difficulties by her daughter Jackie. Terminally ill with cancer, which has spread throughout her body, Josephine is nearing the end of her life.

    Josephine is so ill that decisions need to be made on whether she would choose to be resuscitated should her condition worsen. It's an impossibly difficult decision to make and a painful moment for Jackie, who's not ready to let her mum go.

    Nurse Abbie is treating Josephine. Before coming to King's, she worked in palliative care: 'It would be my worst nightmare if I had to look after one of my parents if they were passing on, but here's this person that you love so much, who brought you into this world, lying in a bed and their life is slowly coming to an end,' says Abbie.

    In the waiting room 67-year-old Azize is with her 44-year-old daughter Sara who's been bitten by her cat. It seems like a minor injury, but Sara has recently had radiotherapy for breast cancer and her immune system is very weak. Azize has moved back from Turkey to be with Sara during her treatment.

    Meanwhile five-year-old Olivia is having stitches on a head wound with her dad; and 12-year-old Mattheus is helping out by translating for his Brazilian grandmother, who has injured her wrist.

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    Series 2 Episode 8

    The series continues with a dramatic episode focusing on a single saturday night at King's.

    Running resus for this extraordinary shift are two of the most experienced staff members in the A&E department. Both mothers to young children, consultant Emer and senior sister Jen are in the twilight zone together as they deal with drug users and drunks, plus a stabbing victim with the knife still in place and two young people who were injured while out enjoying themselves with friends.

    Eight-year-old Pharell fell eight feet onto concrete while riding his BMX. He's lost his front teeth and may have injuries to his head and spine. As Pharell slips in and out of consciousness, Emer and the team are working to keep him stable and find out if he needs emergency surgery.

    Also in resus is 19-year-old Dalvin who was heading to the West End to meet friends when his motorbike hit a bollard. He has a deep five-inch gash just above his knee. Emer and Jen need to treat him immediately - and clean out the wound - as Dalvin is danger of losing his leg.

    As the night wears on, the Saturday night drink and drug casualties begin to roll in. Some of them have taken GBL, a popular clubbing drug known as 'coma in a bottle'. Jen was a nurse in London's nightclubs for many years and has seen the perils of GBL.

    As dawn approaches, there's another red phone emergency case. The last patient of the shift is a stab victim with the knife still in place. Emer X-rays the patient - and the knife - with some startling results.

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    Series 2 Episode 7

    This episode focuses on some of the elderly patients who are treated at King's College Hospital, including a 93-year-old war veteran who arrives with life-threatening injuries after being knocked over by a hit and run driver just outside the hospital.

    Ernest was walking to get his pension when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road. He's rushed straight to resus, conscious but with injuries to his head and pelvis. Consultant Malcolm and his team are determined to do everything they can to keep Ernest alive.

    But as the team tend to Ernest's injuries, his heart fails and he goes into cardiac arrest. Malcolm needs to keep Ernest's heart going manually before his injuries can be assessed and he can be treated.

    Ernest's niece, Maureen, arrives to hear the terrible news that her beloved uncle - who raised her and her sisters in the absence of their father - is critically ill.

    On the same day, 83-year-old William's finger is mangled and bleeding after he's caught it on a machine at his metal working business. He was born in the year of the Wall Street Crash, but still loves working.

    He's not been to see a doctor in over 40 years and, like many older patients, he's worried that, despite his injuries needing urgent attention, he's a burden to the NHS, and apologises to the team treating him at King's.

    Another octogenarian who arrives at King's is 80-year-old Joyce. But she's not the patient; it's her son, Kevin, who collapsed at home. Fifty-one-year-old Kevin has learning difficulties and Joyce is fearful about what Kevin's life will be like once she passes away, so strong is their bond.

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    Series 2 Episode 6

    This episode follows the work of King's A&E on the night that Whitney Houston died.

    As staff and patients come to terms with the singer's untimely death, King's is filling up with young people who were having fun with their friends when disaster struck.

    Twenty-one-year-old Danielle is on her first trip to London from Northern Ireland, for a girls' weekend with her best friend Leanne.

    She'd collapsed after an exercise class shortly before leaving, but was determined not to miss the weekend and caught her flight. Now she's hundreds of miles from home and seriously ill.

    Leanne, a newly qualified nurse, quickly realises the gravity of the situation and Registrar Swetha is concerned that Danielle's kidneys may be failing, and that she may even be at risk of cardiac arrest.

    As Danielle's health deteriorates, a new patient arrives in resus in a critical condition. He fell 20 feet from a friend's balcony, hitting his head as he landed, and has been rushed to King's by the Helicopter Emergency Medics (HEMS).

    Consultant Jeff is concerned that, as well as broken bones, he may have suffered brain injury. His mum can do nothing but watch and wait while the team tries to determine how serious his injuries are and if they will be permanent.

    Meanwhile, in minors, trainee doctor Josh is treating 34-year-old Latoya who was out partying with friends and dancing to Whitney Houston hits when the straps on her platform heels gave way and she fell over.

    Latoya blames her shoes and the late singer for the deep gash on her forehead and wants Josh to make the stitches as neat and fine as he can if she's going to achieve her dream of being 'the second Whitney'.

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    Series 2 Episode 5

    This episode focuses on young men in their prime. One is a fitness fanatic who arrives seriously injured after a canal barge accident, while another is a pre-operative transsexual with a sore finger following a night's clubbing.

    Nineteen-year-old Josh is flown to King's College Hospital by air ambulance having been crushed between a barge and a bridge while working on a canal. A&E consultant Firas and his team set to work on the teenager.

    Once he's out of immediate danger their attention turns to a potentially life-changing injury - and every man's worst nightmare - a possible penile fracture.

    Despite their own fears, Josh's mum and dad attempt to lighten the atmosphere by cracking jokes, but for nurse Leanne it's no laughing matter: 'In the back of your mind you're thinking: You know, it might not be funny in the long run, because it could be something serious. He's only 19. He's probably going to want a family...'

    In minors, best friends Liam and Nicola are recovering from a Sunday night out clubbing. But an injured finger isn't Liam's only concern. He's also thinking about his upcoming gender reassignment, which will require hormones and - eventually - surgery.

    Meanwhile, in resus, 80-year-old Jean has been brought to King's by ambulance after collapsing at home. Jean has terminal cancer; she's exhausted and anaemic. Jean's husband, John, is her greatest support.

    'You're everything, aren't you: the nurse, the chef,' says Dr Catherine. Jean and John have been together for over 60 years; it's their tender, supportive relationship that helps them to cope. 'He deserves a medal,' says Jean.

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    Series 2 Episode 4

    This warm-hearted episode explores the different ways that grown men deal with pain and injury.

    Fifty-year-old builder Jim arrives in A&E screaming in agony after dislocating his shoulder in such an unusual way that it takes a five-strong team to pull it back into place, while 30-year-old Temi is in minors with a broken toe. But Temi is actually more concerned about whether the crutches he's given will match his sense of style!

    Meanwhile, a patient who had to have one of his legs amputated in 2009 has just returned from holiday with his remaining leg dangerously swollen, and 83-three-year-old James has a cyst on his knee but is in so much pain that he's refusing treatment. It's senior sister AnnMarie's job to persuade James to stay in overnight...

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    Series 2 Episode 3

    Trauma consultant Simon faces a busy night, with a stream of critically ill and seriously injured patients, plus the fallout from an extraordinary night of violence on London's streets.

    Forty-nine-year-old Trudy arrives unconscious by HEMS, the helicopter emergency medics, having fallen down some stairs after a night out celebrating her new job with her stepsister Sherry.

    Simon is concerned that Trudy may have brain damage. Sherry desperately awaits news of Trudy's condition in the relatives' room. After her brother died suddenly and unexpectedly last year, Sherry finds the idea that she might lose Trudy too hard to cope with.

    Also in resus are married couple Bea and George, who are both in their eighties. They've barely spent a day apart in 65 years, but Bea's cancer - and now a suspected heart attack - force them to face the possibility that they may not have much time left together.

    Meanwhile, Vincent has been admitted with chest pains and his daughter, Jennifer, finds herself witness to the treatment of the young victims of a series of stabbings.

    And while Jennifer reveals her fears for her own son's future, consultant Simon reflects on the desire that unites all the patients and relatives that he treats in A&E: 'Time; sometimes that's all the families want and that's just the one thing you can't give.'

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    Series 2 Episode 2

    A quarter of all patients treated in King's A&E are children, and this episode follows some of their stories for the first time, as well as one of A&E's youngest and newest recruits, 27-year-old emergency medicine trainee Matt.

    Matt's the first member of his family to go to university and pursue a career in medicine. But this shift will prove to be a challenging one for Matt and the team.

    The first trauma is 16-year-old riding enthusiast Ellie, who's been airlifted to King's from Kent after she was thrown from her horse and crushed against a fence.

    Ellie arrives with no feeling down her left side and the team's first concern is that she may have serious spinal injuries. Ellie's mum, Kate, can only wait and reflect as scans begin.

    Dr Matt also meets pregnant Jill who arrives with intense pain after a sudden and severe haemorrhage. She fears that she might be losing her baby, having suffered a number of miscarriages in the past.

    In paediatric A&E, consultant Jacqui is treating four-year-old Destiny, who has a fishbone stuck in his tonsils from his lunchtime curry.

    And, after a long and intense shift, the deaths of two older patients make Matt reflect on family, mortality and coping with loss.

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    Series 2 Episode 1

    This episode kicks off during the morning rush hour, meeting workers who set off on their daily commute but find themselves fighting for their lives in the skilful hands of the King's College Hospital A&E team.

    Two cyclists arrive with serious head injuries. IT analyst Christopher hit a log on his way to work, and concerns are raised when scans show a bleed on his brain.

    Meanwhile, Brighton cyclist Sarah swerved to avoid a pedestrian when riding at 30mph downhill without a helmet. She's airlifted to King's by HEMS, the helicopter emergency service who deal with some of the most serious trauma cases.

    Also brought in by helicopter is father-of-four Kevin, who fell from scaffolding while repairing a roof. The next few hours are critical for him.

    And 80-year-old former docker Bill has hurt his knee while drinking at his local working men's club, but he soon perks up in the company of nurse Laura.

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    Series 1 Episode 8

    The medical team, patients and their families face up to the meaning of life and death.

    Former motorbike racer John, who's 77, has been sent to A&E with his wife Brenda after a routine health screening revealed a potentially-deadly 'Triple A' (abdominal aortic aneurism) - a dramatic swelling of the main artery that could burst at any moment, making him a 'walking timebomb'.

    The only option is major surgery, which could be dangerous at his age. Meanwhile, 92-year-old widow Eileen has been brought into hospital after falling and spending the night on the floor. Consultant Liz is worried Eileen may have broken her hip and wants to keep her in overnight to make sure she's fine.

    'Lots of times there's nothing I can do,' says Liz. 'We are meant to grow old, we are meant to get ill and we are meant to die. I can fiddle about at the edges of that, but there's no sort of magical response in this hospital that can change that.'

    Among the other patients is Claire. A year ago, her boyfriend, a medical student, was killed instantly while cycling to lectures, and now she's been injured on her bike.

    Meanwhile, emergency medical technician Amanda and mobile catering assistant Pritpal talk about the roles they play in helping people to get better.

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    Series 1 Episode 4

    The Emergency Department is besieged by Saturday night drunks. Alcohol is one of the biggest causes of injury seen at King's A&E; on an average weekend half the cases will be alcohol-related.

    Thirty-nine-year-old Sean has had one too many, tripped over a clothes horse, fallen and broken his neck. The medical team have attached blocks to the sides of his head to stop him from moving his neck and prevent him from paralysing himself, but it's a struggle to persuade him to leave them there.

    Andrew, 26, has been arrested after a day of heavy drinking. 'To be honest with you I can't remember too much about it,' he says. The police have brought him to King's because he's cut his hand putting it through a window. It takes two officers to hold him still, and, after he refuses to co-operate, three to lead him away to the police van waiting outside.

    And 56-year-old David is a long-term alcoholic who's collapsed in the street and bashed his head. When he was two, he survived a plane crash that killed his mother. 'That may have started it, I don't know,' he says.

    He drinks a bottle of brandy in the morning and another in the evening. 'Booze has ruined my life,' he adds. 'I've basically wasted my life.'

    Sister Claire has seen the consequences of drink. She says: 'I've looked after somebody that has drunk so much they actually bled to death in front of me.'

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    Series 1 Episode 14

    One in four of us will suffer from mental health issues at some point in our lives.

    The final episode of the series reveals how, alongside the usual broken bones and heart problems, the A&E team at King's deal with a population that is becoming more and more psychologically fragile.

    A regular patient to King's who suffers from schizophrenia is admitted after failing to take his diabetes medicine: it's his 19th visit in a year.

    Meanwhile a young girl seeks refuge with the mental health team. She's in crisis and struggling to cope with life.

    Psychiatric nurse Jenny has seen it all and reveals that the patients her team have to deal with are getting younger and younger. One patient with suicidal thoughts was just seven.

    Joseph, a 16-year-old schoolboy, is rushed to A&E after suffering a suspected stroke, and is joined at his bedside by his twin brother Elijah and their mother as they await the results of a brain scan.

    Clive, 61, a former betting shop manager, is also suspected of having a stroke. Known as the 'Memory Man' in his youth, he is now coming to terms with his diminishing mental abilities, but it may just be his anti-depressants, coupled with the years of alcoholism that are his real problem.

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    Series 1 Episode 13

    Seventy-four-year-old Ted and his wife Irene are on their tenth visit to A&E this year. Ted has already been diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, but his problems have got worse, and after getting blood test results he's been urgently sent to King's.

    As much as staff try to keep their emotions in check, Senior Sister Maria, who looks after Ted, finds herself profoundly affected by his situation and how he and his wife are coping. She says 'There are patients that will get to you. For Ted to have such a positive outlook, it can't but inspire you. There are a few Teds in my career that I will always remember.'

    Emergency medical technician Amanda is a key part of the team administering CPR to a man who's suffered cardiac arrest. She talks about the strain of trying desperately to save someone's life: 'The minute it's in the door, it affects me. You have to be professional and it is hard.'

    German doctor Roman is still getting used to the cultural differences between practising in Germany and the UK: 'I got the hints from nurses that you can't say "this or that" straight to a patient. You should imply a little bit more: "darling, please, would you mind?" and "unfortunately, I have to, I know it will hurt a little bit". The German way is see the problem, make it known and solve it. "Will it hurt, doctor?" "Yes".'

    A young man comes in with a splinter in his thumb, which he's had for a month; he is sent back to his GP. Another patient has fallen out of a tree, drunk. And a 40-year-old-man who's been kicked in the face during a football match needs stitches.

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    Series 1 Episode 12

    Eighty-eight-year-old Omar is brought in after suffering severe stomach pains and a suspected abdominal aortic aneurism, also known as a triple A.

    The news that Omar now only has a 50% chance of surviving the operation he urgently needs comes as a huge blow to his son, Talit, who says: 'I thought, I don't think I've ever said to my father I love you.'

    These 24 hours take place on a Monday: often the busiest time of the week for the department. The A&E begins to fill up with patients. The resuscitation ('resus') area is busy, ambulances are arriving all the time, and the department is stretched to its limit.

    Consultant Jacqui describes the tension in these periods as a 'sense of not even impending doom. It's just doom's here. It's queuing up.'

    Thirty-three-year-old Hanny is rushed in after attempting to take his life with a lethal cocktail of drugs. And during the hectic few hours when the A&E is inundated, staff fight to save an 18-year-old who's been stabbed in a street fight and lost a life-threatening amount of blood.

    King's A&E has more than 200 employees and around 60 are non-medical staff who work behind the scenes to keep the department functioning 24 hours a day.

    This episode also reveals what happens when the open doors of A&E lead to a department flooded with patients, and what working life is like for the porters, receptionists, cleaners and security guards who also experience the traumas and pressure alongside their medical colleagues.

    Ward clerk Fintan looks after everything from lost property to trolley maintenance and stationery, but also witnesses the difficult and emotional moments. He says: 'I do see what's going on in resus. I thought I'd be removed from that. But I'm not.'

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    Series 1 Episode 11

    Seventy-eight-year-old Reginald is dangerously ill. He woke up with severe stomach pain, and the A&E team have concluded that his condition is life-threatening. But can they save him?

    A retired dock worker who is now his wife's carer, Reginald suffers from diabetes. King's doctors Firas and André suspect that part of his gut may have died and that without immediate surgery he won't survive.

    There are risks, but, as André says: 'Compared to your risk of dying without it, that risk pales into insignificance in my view.' Firas recently qualified as a consultant at King's: 'It's a bit clichéd but, yes, I have always wanted to be a doctor - ever since I had my tonsils out at the age of five and my parents bought me a Fisher Price doctor's kit.'

    Reminded of his own father passing away, Firas becomes increasingly concerned about his patient. 'It is hard when you see a strong man who's suddenly become very vulnerable,' he says.

    Meanwhile, other patients include Richard, who has twisted his knee moon-walking in a club, and a young cyclist brought in unconscious after coming off his bike.

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    Series 1 Episode 9

    The medical team faces a range of sport and drink-related injuries on a busy Saturday. But things turn darker when a family party goes horribly wrong, leaving a father and son with life-threatening injuries.

    Every year 750,000 people are treated at A&E for injuries suffered during recreational activities, mostly at weekends. Ball games account for 300,000 of those, with football the number one culprit, closely followed by rugby.

    But as evening approaches, sporting injuries begin to make way for the results of another favourite British recreational pastime - drinking. It's a huge issue: there were three million alcohol-related admissions to A&E last year, with half of the patients under 25.

    Two 19-year-old girls are waiting for treatment after falling when the bar they were dancing on collapsed, while bricklayer Colin has been badly cut by someone trying to mug him.

    But the evening takes a dramatic turn when a father and son, Morris and Jamie, are rushed into A&E badly injured after being attacked by gatecrashers, one armed with a Samurai sword, at a family birthday party.

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    Series 1 Episode 10

    This programme focuses on accidents. 'It takes all sorts,' says Nurse Kim. 'You'll find people who think "I'm only nipping up a ladder so I'll hold a cup of tea, a drill, something round my neck, one sock on and a flip flop."'

    Construction worker William has been trapped under a cherry picker, breaking his leg in three places and crushing his chest. Nick has fallen from a ten-metre ladder onto concrete, landing on his head, resulting in a severe brain injury. It's a matter of life and death, and his brother, Nigel, waits nervously at his bedside.

    Darren has fallen through a window while trying to clean it, cutting his arm badly. It's not the first time he's been seriously injured: he had head injuries as a teenager when he was knocked over by a moped.

    Meanwhile, Wilfred, who lives alone after his wife died, has had a nasty accident with a mandolin while cutting vegetables. And good-natured Alex, who once dived onto a railway track to save a woman, has been headbutted by someone trying to steal his wallet and mobile phone.

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    Series 1 Episode 7

    The team face a 12-hour night shift treating young men with stab wounds, as their friends gather in the A&E waiting room and tension mounts.

    'For penetrating trauma to the chest, which are your stab wounds, King's is one of the busiest hospitals in Europe. The areas we serve in London are particularly high crime areas,' says Nurse Scott.

    'Sometimes you're looking at two or three stabs a day so the numbers have risen; it seems that people's way of fighting has moved on from punching each other to using bats, to using knives, to using guns.'

    Seventeen-year-old Levi is the first stab victim to arrive after a fight on the street. His injuries aren't life-threatening, but he needs extensive stitching and an overnight stay. His mum is distraught, but Levi doesn't want to speak to the police about the attack.

    When two young men from different areas with stab wounds from the same fight come in, the staff know trouble is brewing and groups of their friends soon arrive.

    Other patients in this episode include a young woman who's been punched in the face and knocked to the ground, and a man who has had too much to drink at the House of Commons.

    And porters Brian and Kevin, who are responsible for moving patients, collecting bloods and taking specimens to the labs - as well as taking bodies to the mortuary - explain their passion for the job.

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    Series 1 Episode 6

    Sister Jen's nightshift kick-starts as a stabbing victim, Colin Richards, who's 35, is rushed in by ambulance with injuries to his lung, arm and liver. He's accompanied by his 19-year-old girlfriend, Esther, who was lying in bed next to him when they were awoken at gunpoint.

    Esther lovingly watches over Colin, who admits he was no angel a few years back. 'I just felt like he just needed hugs and like smiles and me telling him he was gonna be OK,' Esther says. 'I just felt like I had to really be there for him when that happened.'

    Jen says: 'A lot of people don't have anybody to look after them, to love them, I think that's sad... I think everybody deserves to be looked after and loved and cared for.'

    While Esther cradles her boyfriend in Resus, Jen tends to Nancy Shirley, 87, who has spent her life alone and fell over at home. 'If you're happily married and got a family you know it must be very nice for people; I've always thought that,' says Nancy. 'When I would have been courting the war was on and all the men were away.'

    And in Minors, former international lawyer Robert Knutson is patched up after collapsing on the street, drunk. He has lost his wife and family after years of alcoholism.

    'I don't have a home... the bed in the hospital is the nicest bed I've been in, in a long time... I'm sorry but that's the state of Robert Knutson,' he says. But, having been treated with care and compassion, Robert decides to make a change.

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    Series 1 Episode 5

    This episode reveals what can happen when something goes wrong with the brain, including when patients suffer a stroke (or a 'brain attack').

    Sixty-five-year-old cabbie Charlie Brown is making his second visit to King's in a week. Two days previously he crashed his cab and 'bulls-eyed' the window with his head.

    He was stitched up and discharged, but Charlie's not been the same since, reading the newspaper upside down and becoming uncharacteristically chatty. Dr Tian is concerned that this may be as a result of a brain haemorrhage caused by his accident. When a scan shows a large dark patch on the left side of Charlie's brain, his fears seem well-founded.

    Also in A&E is 89-year-old Peggy Pearce. Her husband Derek woke to find her slumped semi-conscious over the bed and she's been rushed into King's with a suspected stroke. This isn't the first time Derek's had to take an emergency trip to the hospital with his wife, so he's braced for the worst.

    King's is a specialist Stroke Centre, treating on average three cases a day, and doctors know time is of the essence. 'It's terrifying', says stroke specialist Dr Kumar. 'It's like a heart attack. It's a brain attack.'

    Meanwhile, in the waiting room, Sally is comforted by her ex-boyfriend Ben while she awaits treatment for a cut finger, and two boisterous friends entertain themselves with an impromptu ride around the department in a wheelchair.

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    Series 1 Episode 3

    In the third programme, eleven-year-old Kofi is rushed into Resus, critically injured after being hit by a van. His father, Wayne, sits by Kofi's bedside praying for his recovery: 'I remember when Kofi was born I counted all his fingers and toes and held him in the air'.

    Meanwhile, 73-year-old Roger Jackson is coming to terms with his own mortality. A member of The Tornados, the first British group to top the US chart in the Sixties, Roger confesses that, despite having cancer, he wouldn't give up his rock 'n' roll fame for his health.

    Back in Resus, senior consultant Chris Lacy is tested to the limit when three trauma patients arrive in quick succession: one has been shot in the face, another has been stabbed in the chest and a third has been knifed in the head. As armed police arrive and a gang gathers outside A&E, tempers flare and Chris calls for calm as Kofi fights for his life.

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    Series 1 Episode 2

    The second programme in the series reveals the stories of individuals who started the day with little in common, but found themselves being treated by the King's A&E team in the same 24-hour period. A day that, for many of them, would change their lives.

    The 'red phone' from the ambulance service rings, signalling the imminent arrival of a seriously ill patient. Thirty-one-year-old Brendan has had a head-on collision between his motorbike and a car, 'bulls-eyeing' the windscreen.

    Brendan's broken both his wrists, but he's most worried about injuries to his testicles: he's so bruised that his penis looks like a 'purple carrot'. And he's decided to hang up his bike keys.

    Teenager Alex turns up with nasty injuries to his hand after punching through a window. Will he learn a lesson once he's been patched up by the A&E staff?

    Meanwhile, sisters Pat and Alice are concerned about when they can get a sandwich from mobile tuck-shop operator, Pritpal.

    And after the Resus team struggle to revive two patients in their eighties, they discuss what they would want done for them in a similar situation.

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    Series 1 Episode 1

    Senior consultant Malcolm Tunnicliff and his team face a battle to save a 'Code Red' - a patient with potentially fatal injuries - brought into A&E by helicopter.

    Thirty-three-year-old Greek student Theodore Chatziapostolou was dragged under a bus while crossing the road at Elephant and Castle. He was trapped and literally folded in two with his 'nose touching his toes'.

    Hovering between life and death, he has multiple serious injuries, including a terrible pelvic injury. Tunnicliff has 15 minutes to keep him alive so he can find out what's wrong with him and work out how to save him.

    The same day, 13 other emergency cases were treated in Resus, including 78-year-old Tom Gibbs, who fell head-first off a ladder while painting his daughter's landing, and a confused cyclist with a severe head injury.

24 Hours in A&E synopsis

With 91 cameras filming round the clock, 24 Hours in A&E offers unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest A&E departments, at King's College Hospital

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