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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Production Details

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