Emergency, Greenstone’s hospital-based series won the Best Observational Reality (non-format) Award at the 2007 Qantas Television Awards. A cutting-edge series which gives viewers a unique behind-the-scenes look at Wellington Hospital’s busy Emergency Department.
The cutting-edge series is different from other medical programmes – the focus isn’t on the patients, the aim is to really understand what brings the staff of the Emergency Department to work every day.
Greenstone’s film crew were given unprecedented access to Wellington Hospital’s busy Emergency Department for seven months. “The staff are really lowkey about what they do, but you can’t help being impressed with their compassion, patience and great sense of humour,” says producer Jenny Williams.
The result is 12 episodes which give an extraordinary glimpse into the work the staff do. The stories the crew have filmed include Robert Hewitt’s rescue, a young boy on the brink of death after being hit by a car, a patient so drunk he could die and a man who has dropped a 2.5 tonne telephone pole on his foot. And then there are the Emergency Department standards – a little girl who has stuck a bead up her nose, a man with a nail in his hand and plenty of broken bones.
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Producer: Jenny Williams
Thanks to: All staff Emergency Dept Wellington Hospital, Capital & Coast District Health Board
Exec producer: Andrea Lamb
Network exec: Tony Manson
Post Production Director: Natalie Malcon
Researcher: Tasha Lang
Online Editor: Brenton Cumberpatch
Editor: Philip Hurring
Production manager: Emilie Stevenson
Production coordinator: Lucy Gamble
Production assistant: Georgina McCormack
Filmed & Directed on location: Giles Pile
Camera: Dave Mills, Paul Clark
Sound: Adam Dransfield
Narrator: Francesca Rudkin
Original Music: Andrew McDowall
Production accountant: Liz Goddard
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TVNZ