Accident Service
(See also: They Live Again)

Still from 'Accident Service'
'Depicts the Service provided for injured miners at a well-known hospital and Rehabilitation Centre in the Midlands. All stages in the treatment of severely injured miners are depicted and the principles underlying the new conception of Rehabilitation are vividly presented. Diagrams of operating sequences show the important principles of surgical treatment.' [1]

Date: 1944
Duration: 37:08

Director: A. Reginald Dobson
Production Company: G. B. Instructional
Producer: -
Cinematographer: Frank North
Composer: N/A
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Script: Mary Cathcart Borer


They Live Again is a shortened version of Accident Service. Accident Service is a serious film; twice as long, without music, and aimed at a medically-educated audience, it focuses on the regime of physical rehabilitation. They Live Again covers this aspect more briefly and is lighter in tone, focussing more on the happiness of the injured miner, and the quality of services provided to aid his recovery. With a cheery musical soundtrack, They Live Again film was intended for more general distribution.

made by G.B.I., 1943 ; owned by British Council; 16 mm. sound.,
1440 ft. [430 m.]; 35 mm. sound, 3800 ft. [1140 m.] ; 3 reels ;
black and white ; 40 minutes.
Still from 'Accident Service'

This film depicts the work of an industrial accident service, taking the mining industry, the most hazardous industry in Great Britain, as an example. The film has been made with expert medical advice. All stages in the treatment of severely injured miners are shown and the principles underlying rehabilitation are vividly presented. The lesson of the film is that surgery, aftercare, mental, psychological and social welfare, are different aspects of a continuous and co-ordinated process, which has as its ultimate aim, not merely the mending of a broken bone, but the rehabilitation of the whole man. Accident services organized on these lines now exist in many parts of Britain. The object of this film is to show such a service at work. The film should be of interest to orthopaedic surgeons, general medical audiences, senior medical students, nurses and all those concerned in the process whereby an injured man is restored to normal.'[2]

'NFA Catalogue
DOCUMENTARY. The film shows the aims of accident Services in hospitals, where patients are re-habititated as well as healed, and recovery from accident is regarded as a continuous co-ordinated process. R. 1. A miner injures his spine while working down the pit and is taken to hospital where a compression fracture is diagnosed. To correct this his spine is extended by means of a sling and he is immobilised in a plaster cast. The social and psychological aspects of his problem are dealt with by the almoner. He is shown being exercised- general exercises as well as those for the immobilised extensor muscles, being necessary. (958). Rl. 2 A case of paralysis of the spine is remedied by operation and nursed on a plaster bed. The paralysed muscles are stimulated electrically. Severe shock treatment is shown in the resuscitation ward, and a compound fracture of the tibia is operated on and a plaster cast added. A skin graft is used to cover the wound. (1931). Rl. 3. Four months later and the skin graft is shown to be a success. The man with the spine injury learns to walk and attends special exercise classes in the out-patients dept. For the next stage of treatment the patients are sent to a rehabilitation centre where each has his own scheme of treatment throughout the day. Occupational and recreational therapy is combined with general exercises-working from simple ones, to the more advanced. (2764). Rl. 4. The patients are shown exercising and strengthening the muscles of the injured areas of the body. e.g.:- a man who had had several fingers amputated works at stool-making and weaving. Almost fully recovered, the men swim, dive, and play water polo. A scheme to enable each man to return to full working power on a strenuous job is agreed among the works doctor, manager and the patient himself, so that he may return to work with every confidence. The End. (3523ft).'
- taken from the BFI Film & TV Database:

  1. ^ G.B. Instructional Limited - Educational Films Filmstrips and Wall Charts
  2. ^ British Medical Bulletin; 1945; Vol 5.; p154