24 Hours In A&E is back on our screens tonight – with Channel 4 promising more drama and intriguing storylines than ever before.
The British hospital docu-series, which follows the journeys of patients in one of the UK’s busiest Accident & Emergency departments, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary.
What better way to mark the decade than to grant viewers insider access to a whole new hospital?
Here is all you need to know about the filming locations.
Where is 24 Hours In A&E filmed?
The latest series of 24 Hours in A&E was filmed at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham – one of the busiest Major Trauma Centres in the country and part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr Keith Girling, Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals said: ‘We have one of the biggest Major Trauma Centre’s in the country, and our Emergency Department treats over 600 patients every day, so there will be plenty of interesting patient and staff stories to watch.’
Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that the show did not always take place up North.
The first six series were filmed in King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, Camberwell.
In 2014, production then moved to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
Speaking about the decision to move filming to Nottingham, John Hay, Joint Chief Executive of The Garden – the company that produces 24 Hours in A&E – said: ‘St George’s has been a wonderful home to A&E – we will always be grateful to them for allowing us in to see their extraordinary work, and we’re very pleased to be continuing them relationship with them through the new Emergency series.
‘But we’re also excited about working with a new hospital, and delighted Nottingham has chosen us – it’s another very special place.
‘We’ve been careful to move the series in stages over recent years – we’ve wanted to ensure it has a positive impact on the production ecosystem in the Midlands and the North, helping to grow and develop talent as we go.
‘This next step will offer even more of a chance for a new generation of filmmakers to experience and evolve this much-loved programme.’
Is 24 Hours in A&E real?
Yes, all the drama in the show is real and unscripted.
It is filmed for – you guessed it – 24 hours a day, over a stretch of 28 days.
More than 70 cameras and 80 microphones are strategically placed in the A&E department to capture the drama without interference.
In 2015, Dr Phil Moss, Consultant in Emergency Medicine from St George’s Hospital, told RMEC Learning: ‘The only disconcerting bit was the remote control of the cameras as they swivelled round making a whirring sound to get the best angle whilst you were conversing with a patient, but we soon got used to it.’
He added that he and two colleagues were heavily involved in post-production ‘carefully viewing all the episodes and helping finesse the edits’ – presumably ensuring that the end result is as accurate as possible.
Do patients consent to being filmed?
Yes, Dr Moss said that the Channel 4 producers only film patients who consent.
He told RMEC Learning: ‘The consenting process commenced with the Consultants identifying patients suitable to be approached by the production team (there was one producer in each area of the department 24hrs a day for seven weeks).
‘The shop floor producers would then speak with the patients to see if they would consent to be filmed. If they agreed they would be mic’ed up and the cameras would roll.
‘Subsequently the patient would have two further opportunities to refuse for the footage to be aired and in most cases would see the footage first.
‘Similarly all staff members were approached prior to filming starting to ascertain whether they were happy to be filmed in the background or to take a more “starring” role.
‘Staff had the option to request they not be filmed or be “fuzzed out”.’
24 Hours In A&E starts tonight at Channel 4 at 9pm.