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Nottingham hospitals welcome back the cameras for another series of 24 Hours in A&E

Channel 4’s award-winning documentary series 24 Hours in A&E is returning to the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham for another series.

In 2021, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) welcomed cameras into the Emergency Department (ED) at QMC for the first series to be filmed outside of London.

During 46 days of filming, 1,000 patients and over 2,000 staff gave their permission to be filmed. A total of 24 programmes were recorded and the first seven episodes were broadcast earlier this year, giving viewers a look inside one of the country’s busiest accident and emergency departments.

Channel 4 has now re-commissioned production company The Garden, part of ITV Studios, to produce another 24 episodes. Filming is due to start in May for a period of six weeks.

Around 120 fixed cameras will be attached to the walls and ceilings in ED, which feed footage to the production company gallery so that filming can take place without being obtrusive. Everyone who appears in the programmes, including staff and patients agree to take part and are fully consented.   

Anthony May, Chief Executive at NUH, said: “We are incredibly proud to be home to 24 Hours in A&E. The first seven episodes, filmed at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, aired earlier this year and we’re looking forward to viewers tuning in to watch more episodes later in 2023.

“Viewers witnessed the life-saving and life-changing work of our teams. They saw their dedication, passion and skill in providing care every day to our communities.

“We are delighted to welcome the cameras back for another series of this award-winning programme, giving the public a chance to see life inside one of the country’s biggest and busiest emergency departments.

“The success of the series would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our teams, as well as our patients and their families who have been willing to share their stories.

“This is a proud moment for our staff and we look forward to working with The Garden and Channel 4 on producing another successful series.”

John Hay and Nicola Hill, Joint CEOs of The Garden, said: “NUH have been wonderful partners on the last series, and we’re very grateful to them for having us back. We look forward to shining a light once again on the extraordinary work they do – and to hearing the stories of the people who come through their doors.”

Rita Daniels, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 added: “I am so delighted that one of the Channel’s flagship and established series is returning to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. I have so greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to see the incredible work the A&E department does and their outstanding commitment to their community and patients. I’m very much looking forward to being able to share both heart-warming and edge of seat stories that makes this series so special.”

Councillor Sue Saddington, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, said: “I am delighted to hear the latest series of 24 Hours in A&E will once again be filmed at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.

“The documentary series provides a real insight into life on the frontline in one of the country’s busiest emergency departments and showcases the tireless work the staff carry out round the clock to treat people with a variety of illnesses and injuries.

“Myself and my Vice-Chairman, Councillor Bethan Eddy, are visiting this life-saving department on Monday, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing for ourselves the dedication and passion the team demonstrates in caring for its emergency patients.”

Cllr Linda Woodings, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health, said: “The last series of 24 Hours in A&E offered a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the incredible jobs that people working at Nottingham’s QMC do every day. It made me so proud to see those local NHS staff doing all they can, often in extremely difficult circumstances, to provide the best quality care possible to people who are at their most vulnerable.

“While some of it can be a tough watch, I’m looking forward to seeing these local heroes being showcased once again, and reminding us why the NHS is such a remarkable public institution that thoroughly deserves our support.”

Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “It was fantastic to see the huge wave of support for Nottingham’s Emergency Department during the last season of 24 Hours in A&E – so of course we’re thrilled to hear it’s returning for an additional season.

“Our dedicated doctors and nurses are working around the clock, so we set up the 24 Hours in A&E Appeal to allow people to say thank you for their care.

“By making a donation, you can help us fund vital state-of-the-art equipment, improve patient facilities and support wellbeing packages for Nottingham NHS workers who featured on 24 Hours in A&E.”

If you have been inspired by the dedicated staff on the show, donate today at: www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk/24hours

You can find out more about the first series here. 

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