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TV spotlight returns to King’s

11 August 2023 - Go behind the scenes with staff from King’s College Hospital as staff return to TV screens in a new series of ground-breaking Channel 4 documentary series Emergency.

The programme, which first aired to great acclaim in February 2022, shows the minute-by-minute decisions made by staff across the world-leading London Trauma Network and colleagues in rehabilitation, including staff at King’s Hospital.

Working day and night, the teams care for the most seriously injured people in London and the South East of England.

And this time, Emergency goes even further with cameras joining London Ambulance Service to capture the innovative and life-saving care begin only moments after the trauma occurs.

Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff, Emergency Medicine Consultant and Clinical Director for Trauma at King’s College Hospital said:

“It’s fantastic to shine a light on the innovative treatment provided here at King’s as part of the London Trauma Network. The team are dedicated to going above and beyond to care for patients and their families, so it’s great to be able to honour them in this way showing their incredible skill and compassion.

“I and the whole team are immensely grateful to patients and their families for their kindness in supporting us to film at such an important time in their lives.”

From serious road traffic accidents to knife violence and the dangers faced by older people from a simple fall, the programme reveals how NHS staff provide world-leading and compassionate care.

In April 2010, London was the first area in the UK to implement a regional trauma system, ensuring the highest-quality care for its population of 10 million people.

Since then, the Major Trauma Network has established a world-leading reputation for improving survival of the most seriously injured patients, led by Major Trauma Centres at St Mary’s, The Royal London, St George’s and here at King’s Hospital together with Major Trauma Units such as those featured in Emergency at North Middlesex Hospital and Kent’s William Harvey Hospital as well as London Ambulance Service and Kent, Surrey and Sussex and London’s Air Ambulances.

Ibraheim El-Daly, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon is among members of Team Kings who appear in the series. He explained:

“Participating in Emergency was important to show the life-changing decisions we take on a daily basis to help our patients, while also providing a glimpse into the challenges of the job and what it’s like working in the NHS.

“I enjoy the fast paced nature of Orthopaedics – every case requires me to think on my feet, managing risks to successfully alleviate a patient’s pain and improve their movement.”

Tune into Emergency on Channel 4 at 9pm on 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd August, sharing your thoughts on social media using #C4Emergency

You can also catch up online

Emergency is produced by award-winning documentary makers Garden Productions.