UKTV has commissioned a series which follows the medical emergency teams at one of the world’s biggest ski resorts.

“The access secured to the medical emergency teams in Val Thorens is fantastic. Medical series such as Inside the Ambulance are big favourites with W’s audience, so we can’t wait to see what characters and stories arise in Ski A&E.” – Adam Collings, channel director for W and Really

Ski A&E has secured unprecedented access to the teams who carry out lifesaving work across the winter season at one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, Val Thorens. Over the course of ten episodes viewers will be given a unique insight into the heroic pisteurs who carry out the emergency rescues on the mountains, as well as the daily drama in the medical centres and local hospitals. A dedicated team of rescuers and A&E staff encounter a range of emergency situations and challenges every day.

From the unfolding drama of the 999 call from the black run, through to the race against the clock – and the weather – to rescue and treat the patient, Ski A&E will follow the action every step of the way.

And it’s not just emergencies on the slopes. The various teams are on call 24/7 and, like in any bustling holiday resort, face all sorts of medical scenarios from altitude sickness, stomach bugs and fevers, to the occasional, overindulgent après skier. Val Thorens attracts 400,000 visitors each year, UKTV note.

The series will be produced for UKTV channel W by North One Television and is expected to transmit later this year. Other UKTV Original shows coming to W in 2019, include Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, Dr Christian: Special Clinics and the much-anticipated scripted series Flack, starring Anna Paquin and Sophie Okonedo.

“We’re excited to be working with North One Television on this ambitious new UKTV Original series.  With cameras following every dramatic step, from the rescue on the slopes, the helicopter evacuations and transporting the patients to the surgeons in the medical centres, it really is extraordinary access.”- Helen Nightingale, senior commissioning editor, UKTV

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