24 Hours: Episode 1

So on Thursday night at 9pm the first episode of 24 Hours in A&E (that was filmed at my hospital) was aired. It was something of a big deal for us; there was a big viewing party at work, and my colleagues were talking about it all over social media. I was out at the time of airing, but rushed home to see what made the cut. I was both impressed and disappointed with the final program, so here’s my review.

First things first; there’s a radiographer in the intro! In previous series us radfolk didn’t seem to be properly represented, in fact, the only time you ever saw a radiographer would be in CT because that’s a fancy bit of expensive kit. But now we have one of our own, briefly, in the intro to the program! Awesome.

Things got annoying immediately after that, however. As I said in a previous post, Kerry, the patient with the amputated leg, arrived minutes before I started work; as I walked along the high street at about 19:40 I saw the helicopter fly over and land. In the program, they claim to get the 25 minute warning phonecall at 15:56 meaning she’d have landed by 16:30. Why? Why change this from the truth? Even the patient’s mum says that it was tea time when she went out on her bike- who has tea at 3 in the afternoon? You can also see in the footage- it’s the end of June and the sun is beginning to set! So straight away that’s really bugged me as it seems completely unnecessary, and kind of destroys the integrity of the journalism (it is meant to be a documentary, after all). I appreciate that sometimes they juggle the footage slightly (you’ll occasionally see gloves on/off out of order, or other things that have been moved about slightly but that’s art I guess) but why mess about with it this much? Grrrrr. It also really annoys me when they show the x-ray being done, and then afterwards they cut to footage of the scoop being removed (it’s a big metal stretcher that they carry the patient on, would kinda show up on imaging) because that has no creative merit either.

Maybe it was to add some “perspective” to the patient who kept whining about losing her leg because she had a small needle embedded in her foot (she arrived at about midday). I dunno.

Aside from all that, it was incredible (and incredibly weird) seeing colleagues on telly. But it was awesome seeing the patients’ stories, as we never get to follow up on what happens after they leave the hospital, in fact we rarely find out what happens after they leave the x-ray room!

There was also a radiographer count of five, which is impressive! And only one of those was in CT!

One Comment on 24 Hours: Episode 1

  1. your name
    November, 10th 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Just want to say I’m thinking of/hoping to become a diagnostic radiographer and your blog has been a big help in telling me more about the job. You have some great stories :)

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