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999: Critical Condition

  • Season 2
  • 8 episodes
  • Science
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Episode 1: 999: Critical Condition

Summary

Return of the documentary following the work of medical staff at Stoke's Royal University Hospital, as they strive to save the lives of sick and injured patients. A one-punch attack in the street leaves a man with a potentially devastating head injury, and trauma team leader Richard quickly realises he needs to perform emergency surgery on a bleed inside his brain. A young man arrives with multiple broken bones and suspected internal injuries following a motorbike accident, while a factory worker hopes the team can save his arm after a horrific accident with a circular saw.
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Review

Does the world need more life-and-death hospital series? When they’re as good as this one, yes. This is the show that decided 24 Hours in A & E wasn’t quite intense enough, so instead of having cameras fixed to the ward walls, we’re in amongst the doctors and patients (at the Royal Stoke University Hospital) with cameras hovering inches from anxious faces and – in the most upsetting parts – gaping wounds.

Daniel has sliced through his forearm with a circular saw, and we’re not spared the sight of it. Meanwhile, Paul looks healthy and is in good spirits but a tear in his aorta means he could die without warning. The scenes covering his surgery will leave you wrung out.


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DirectorTom Turner
DirectorLeo Fawkes
Executive producerMalcolm Brinkworth
Executive producerXander Brinkworth
ProducerTom Turner
ProducerLeo Fawkes

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