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...!