Our busy Emergency Department sees almost 400 patients a day, and 10 per cent of them are over the age of 65.
In this episode:
- An 93-year-old war veteran arrives with life-threatening injuries after being knocked over by a car outside the hospital.
- An 83-year-old man’s finger is mangled and bleeding after he caught it in a machine at his metal working business. He’s not been to see a doctor in over forty years and, like many older patients, he’s worried that, despite his injuries needing attention, he’s a burden to the NHS and apologises to the team treating him at King’s.
- An 80-year-old woman brings in her 51-year-old son who collapsed at home. He has learning difficulties and she is fearful about what life will be like for him when she is not around.