24 Hours in A&E: Cyclist John's horrific crash puts NHS staff off their bikes

Episode 15 of 24 Hours in A&E was all about stubborn men, who either won’t seek treatment or won’t quite do as they’re told.

Our first patient to be whisked in by ambulance to A&E Resus is cyclist John, who’s gone headfirst over his bike handlebars and lost consciousness for at least 10 minutes.

To think, he was just trying to get out of doing the school run. Poor guy.

24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4. Series 15, episode 11

Cyclist John’s Backstory

While John isn’t talking much, thanks to a neck collar and oxygen mask, his wife Rachel starts filling in the blanks for viewers. How they met, their respective backgrounds – your standard documentary stuff.

So far, so normal.

Then, as casual as you like, Rachel shares a story on how ‘boarding school’ John attended was more like a remand school.

But the backstory didn’t stop there…

24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4. Series 15, episode 11

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Thanks for that Rachel, good to know!

Firestarter On a Bike

Let’s hope Rachel told the staff so they could keep all their flammable liquids out of reach.

Consultant Melissa was tasked with making sure it was safe to move John, but waiting for his scans certainly gave her pause for thought.

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Having been reminded why she never cycles to work (despite the health benefits) they decide that if they stopped doing everything that brought people into A&E, they’d never leave the house.

It’s a fair point.

Wheeling Away Safe & Sound

John is admitted to a ward. He’s still feeling dizzy and the head injury needs to be monitored.

He still has lower back pain and other injuries, but it is safe for him to sit up and move around a bit.

That’s the last we see of him in St George’s, but not to worry, the cameras are back once he gets home.

24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4. Series 15, episode 11

Returning to the scene of his accident has John very emotional. Luckily he’s soon able to be back out with his sons. There are no nerves as he watches them playing around on their bikes.

Despite his initial stubborn insistence on trying to sit up or move too soon, John seems to have fully recovered.

We’ll leave you on this wishful thinking:


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