24 Hours in A&E

Series 3 - Episode 2

Tue 28 Aug 12:10am - 1:15am More4
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Review

Eighty-year-old Rose is brought into A&E at King’s College Hospital in London with severe breathing difficulties. She’s frightened and hates hospitals, so three of Rose’s daughters cluster around her bed to try to soothe her: “Mum, don’t get scared. You’re not dying.” Meanwhile, in the family room, unseen by their ailing mother, they weep as they discuss the logistics of the last goodbye. Should all the grandchildren come in? Or would that frighten Rose?

It’s an extraordinary privilege to be with people at the worst of times, as they face the loss of someone so important. It’s something 24 Hours in A&E does brilliantly, without making us feel like intruders.

Summary

Eighty-year-old Rose has fluid on her lungs and is having trouble breathing. Her daughters Christine, Sandra and Debbie put on brave faces around her bedside, convincing her that everything will be all right, but in the relatives' room there's high emotion as they contemplate life without their mother. Also in resus at King's College Hospital is Kevin, a 55-year-old trucker who has sustained injuries in a road accident.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Nick Curwin
Executive Producer Tom McDonald
Executive Producer Jonathan Smith
Executive Producer Emma Tutty
Series Director Kirsty Cunningham
Series Producer Kirsty Cunningham
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