Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Cyclists in A&E on Channel 4

Anyone who regularly cycles on city streets will have pause for thought from the first programme of the new series of 24 Hours in A&E, which starts on Channel 4 on May 16th at 9pm.

The RTS award-winning series was filmed around the clock for six weeks at King’s College Hospital in south London, one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments, each programme focuses on people treated within the same 24-hour period.

The first episode features two cyclists who arrive with serious head injuries. IT analyst Christopher hit a log on his way to work and concerns are raised when scans show a bleed on his brain.  Meanwhile, Brighton cyclist Sarah swerved to avoid a pedestrian while riding downhill at 30mph without a helmet. She’s airlifted to King’s by helicopter.

Image by Andrew Novell from Londoncyclist.com
You'll have to watch next Wednesday to find out what happens, but as someone who rides on the busy roads of Birmingham several times a week - and used to commute daily in London - it reminds me how close you can be to disaster.

And whether the accident is caused by bad luck or bad driving, it certainly shows the benefits of caution and wearing a helmet. Plus the series is a tribute to the incredible work and dedication of the NHS staff.

Full disclosure: I work on the series, but you don't need to take my word for it - the Royal Television Society voted it Best Documentary Series this year and the critics love it too...!