24 HOURS in A&E is the fly-on-the-wall British medical documentary set in the busy casualty department of NHS hospital, St George’s Hospital.
The award-winning series follows the day-to-day lives of the doctors and patients. Here’s all the information on series 15 of the show which follows the work of the hospital heroes…
Channel 4 The team at St George’s Hospital, Tooting
When is 24 Hours in A&E on tonight?
The second episode of 24 Hours in A&E series 15 airs tonight, May 23, 2018, at 9pm on Channel 4.
It goes up against The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs on BBC One, Love in the Countryside on BBC Two and A&E Live on ITV.
All new episodes will be available shortly after transmission on All4 , and will be repeated on TV throughout the week.
The A& E department treats all types of trauma
Where is 24 Hours in A&E set?
The programme is set in the A&E department of St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London.
The department is made up of four areas and the staff in each area specialise in different types of treatment.
The Urgent Care Centre (UCC)
The UCC is one of the smaller areas in the department and it has the highest turnover of patients – over 40% of the patients coming in via the A&E reception.
The area is for less serious complaints and patients are managed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners – trained clinicians who bridge the gap between nurses and doctors.
This area is for patients under the age of 16.
It has its own waiting room and assessment unit and all children are treated here unless they arrive as a ‘red phone’ emergency.
Channel4 Ruth received treatment for her racing heartbeat
This is the busiest area of the Emergency Department and the staff deal with the most serious medical needs that are non life-threatening.
Over half of the patients in this area will arrive by ambulance and controlling this area is the top priority of the department.
The Resus area sees approximately 10% of the patients coming through the Emergency Department.
These patients are in a critical condition and will have arrived by ambulance or helicopter.
This section receives calls on the red phone – paramedics call ahead when they are en route with a new patient and this area can be very quiet or incredibly busy.
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