A&E Live is a new three-part live documentary airing on ITV from tonight - but what's it all about?
Celebrating 70 years of the NHS, the series will tell the story of emergency medicine across a whole city, from the 999 call to the ambulance right through to treatment in A&E.
Host Davina McCall will be experiencing the drama of a major A&E department as it happens, embedded with the staff of Leeds General Infirmary across the week seeing events unfold through the eyes of the doctors, nurses and paramedics on the frontline.
She’ll experience it, as they do, never knowing who, or what, will come through the doors next. From dealing with everyday traumas to major incidents that require life-saving treatments. This innovative series will show you A&E as you've never seen it before.
Davina said: “I have endless personal experiences with A&E, as many of us do, but I can’t imagine what it must be like to deal with it every day. This shows how the A&E really works through the eyes of the amazing frontline staff.”
Davina added: “I am learning that various days of the week are busier, Mondays are manic…if there’s a particularly boozy football match on…where there’s booze, there’s accidents. On Saturdays, kids do lots of sports, so there’s lots of breaks. I’m going to be embedded before we go live…but beyond that, I can’t prepare at all. And that’s what’s exciting about it.”
A&E Live will air at 9PM Tuesday-Thursday on ITV.
The special series is a key part of ITV’s special week of programming, including The NHS Heroes Awards and a Love Your Garden NHS Special, to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS this Spring, to provide a vivid insight into the incredible, life-changing and life-saving work done by the NHS and its staff across the UK.