Medical Emergency

Monday 29 June, 8pm

Medical Emergency, narrated by All Saints’ Chris Gabardi, returns to TV ONE tonight at 8pm, witnessing the experiences faced by staff and patients, in the emergency department of The Alfred Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre in Melbourne.

From basic wound injuries to major traumas and life-threatening surgery, the series provides an insight into how patients and their concerned loved ones cope in extraordinary situations, including an occasional update on patients awaiting a lifesaving transplant operation. It also allows viewers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at how emergency staff cope in these situations.

Gabardi is appreciative of the opportunity to narrate this moving real-life drama: “Medical Emergency provides a valuable insight into what occurs in the emergency department, and how patients and their families cope under exceptional circumstances.

“All Saints has provided me with an understanding and involvement with hospitals and their courageous medical staff. I am delighted to be able to provide an insight into their world.”

The Medical Emergency production team spent several months at The Alfred Hospital working closely with Alfred staff to ensure that patient care and privacy remain the highest priority throughout the duration of this project.

Executive producer David Mason says what stands out in the series is the spirit and strength of the patients: “Aussies who are fighting their illnesses or traumas with the support of their families’ love, and often with a big dose of Aussie humour.”

In tonight’s episode, a 48-year-old plasterer is treated after a frightening workplace accident, falling more than two metres from a scaffold and smashing his ankle; a young boy is to be treated for burns caused after a roll of cap gun ammunition exploded in his pocket; and in a northern suburb of Melbourne, paramedics have been called to the scene of a violent robbery.

Also tonight, a 24-year-old man’s being flown to the Alfred with a potentially deadly condition. When he went to sleep the previous night, he seemed to be in perfect health. The next morning he was found semi-conscious and bleeding from the head. The next few hours are crucial. Doctors must find the source of a dangerous bleed deep inside his brain. But the procedure carries risks.