The universal way for a character to enter a hospital is to have the injured character on a gurney, being pulled down a long corridor into an operating room, with assorted doctors and friends surrounding him. This whole thing is often accompanied by a POV Shot of our character looking up at a doctor.
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Anime and Manga
- In District 9, when Wikus is carted off to MNU's medical lab.
- Parodied in Hot Shots!, after Dead Meat's plane crashes.
- Parodied in Addams Family Values, when Morticia is in labor.
Gomez: [passionately] Are you in unbearable pain, my love? Is it inhuman? My darling, is it torture?Morticia: [coyly] Oui!
- Monty Python's The Meaning of Life opens with a POV shot of a woman in labor on a gurney, crashing through about 10 sets of doors.
- Played straight in RoboCop (1987) as the horribly maimed Murphy is rushed into a trauma bay.
- Played straight in a terrifying manner in Jacob's Ladder.
- A famous tracking shot from A Clockwork Orange shows the protagonist getting wheeled in on a gurney down a long hospital hallway.
- Inverted in Star Trek IV—the gurney bit is when they're trying to get out of the hospital, without being caught. The "patient" is perfectly fine by this point.
- Done hilariously in Evolution, when Doctor Harry Block has an insect-like alien get into his body and is carted into the makeshift hospital room for it to be extracted, all while screaming "FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING GOOD AND HOLY, GET THIS GOD-DAMNED THING OUT OF ME!"
- This is parodied in Carry On Doctor from the Carry On series, when Francis Bigger hurts his back and is driven to hospital. He gurns and howls and looks up at an ambulance staff member, who asks:
Ambulance Staff: Are you hurting?Francis Bigger: Oh no! Just something to while away the journey; that's all.
- Played straight in All That Jazz, where the main character is repeatedly suffering from a heart attack and being rushed to surgery. One particularly poignant scene is done where he hallucinates that his ex-wife and his current girl-friend are on either side of the gurney, holding his respective hands. He looks at his ex-wife and says "If I die, I apologize for all of the terrible things I did to you", and then turns to his current girl-friend and says "And if I live, I apologize for all of the terrible things I am going to do to you". The main character is a serial philanderer who can/will not stop this activity.
- Stephen Strange is brought into his own hospital this way after his car accident in Doctor Strange.
- Ghost in the Shell immediately starts off with this, before moving into "Making of a Cyborg" scene and opening credits
- MouseHunt: After being hit by a van, Ernie Smuntz is taken to the hospital in this manner. He desperately tries to get off the Gurney since he had an important appointment.
- Combined with P.O.V. Cam in Son of the Bride, as the camera shows the corridor zooming by from Rafael's perspective, as he's whisked into ICU after suffering a heart attack.
- Happens to Linda Royce in Cherry Ames: Student Nurse by Helen Wells.
Live Action TV
- Played straight in practically every episode of just about every Medical Drama ever, but most notably in ER.
- Surprisingly averted most of the time, however, on Scrubs, where only a small fraction of onscreen cases are incoming emergencies (ER duty is considered stressful but tediously undramatic work for the on-call doctors, and is barely ever shown).
- Parodied in 3rd Rock from the Sun. The aliens impersonate doctors, following patients being escorted in gurneys and saying random medical jargon, and switch to a different gurney during the scene.
- Also parodied on Saturday Night Live, which had a team of medical personnel rushing a gurney down the hall of a hospital, going through door after door after door. . .
- Monday Mornings: ER cases often gets this treatment, sometimes overly dramatic (e.g. Dr. Napur stimulates a patient's heart while sitting on top of her), but at times it's toned down. Most patients on this show were not emergencies.
- Brothers and Sisters:
- When Rob has his heart attack.
- In season one, when Justin overdoses.
- Frequently happens in The Bill.
- There was an advertisement for some...financial investing company, I believe, that featured a man being rolled on a gurney (camera angle taking the man's point of view). His ailment? He had money coming out the wazoo. "Unless you have this problem," says the ad, "you might want to consider investing with us."
- Used in the Firefly episode Ariel.
- Curiously, they do this with a pair of (fake) corpses who were supposedly dead on arrival. The fact that they're making such a fuss over nothing (it's not like they're going to get more dead) earns them a few weird looks from hospital staff.
- A variant of this occurred in the Farscape episode "Prayer," in which Aeryn is wheeled down a corridor on a gurney that doubles as her own torture harness. For good measure, the Battle Axe Nurse and the Scarran captain are talking animatedly about dissecting her unborn child, while Aeryn is howling at them to get her the frell out of there.
- Played straight and played with in Bones, as Booth is being wheeled into surgery. However, the doctor he's looking imploringly at is Brennan...
- Amusingly done in one of Friends's flashbacks, when Monica accidentally cuts off Chandler's toe with a dropped kitchen knife. The doctors crash him through the swing doors feet first.
- Played for laughs on the agriculture episode of History Bites. From the patient's POV, Teresa Pavlinek's doctor character gets the assessment of the patient's condition and calls for a trepanning. Every time, thanks to the extremely crude state of medicine.
- Perfectly executed in The West Wing episode "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen", first with President Bartlett, then with Josh.
- Done in Castle at the start of Rise, though Beckett is out.
- Played With in an episode of Babylon 5, when Doctor Franklin is stabbed trying to help someone. We later see him being rolled into Medlab on a gurney by medical staff, with a POV shot from him looking up to see the rest of the B5 command staff pushing the gurney along and looking down at him (another hallucination, as the command staff had yet to return to the station from the space battle that took up the episode's A Plot).
- Happens in The Wrong Mans when in an effort to find Mister Stevens, Sam pretends to be a patient, and Phil a doctor pushing him along. It goes inevitably wrong; two gurneys get accidentally swapped. When Phil finds out that as a result, Sam is going to get his leg amputated, a mad rush ensues when Phil and his new patient try to get to the operating table in time.
- Happens in Breaking Bad after Hank gets shot.
- Parodied on Adam Ruins Everything. Adam comes in with an arrow stuck in his chest, explaining to a hypochondriac woman the concept of healthcare "networks", and how (in the US) if anything is considered "out of network," be it the doctor (usually a specialist) who treats the disease or injury, or a piece of equipment used, or a drug administered, or the hospital facility itself, the patient will be charged the full "chargemaster"/uninsured person price on their medical bill, even if he/she has insurance. This works well if you can shop around for something that fits your needs and budget, but (as Adam puts it):
Adam: You can't comparison-shop if you're dying!
- City of Angels opens with a scene of a possibly mortally wounded Stone being wheeled into the hospital on a gurney ("Private dick. No great loss if he don't [live]," one of the orderlies remarks), then immediately flashing back to show How We Got Here. This is one of the scenes Buddy Fidler wants to cut.
- Men in White: This 1933 play may be the Ur-Example. Scene 1 ends with a woman being brought in on a "rolling stretcher" with a lacerated throat, "bleeding terribly", causing the doctors to snap into action.
- Silent Hill:
- Used straight at the beginning of Second Sight.
- Done in the intro of Phantasmagoria 2, where Curtis Craig is strapped to a gurney in an insane asylum, to be brought in for electric shock therapy.
- In Mass Effect 3, when the Normandy first arrives on the Citadel, Ashley/Kaidan gets this treatment, being rushed to the ER after being critically injured at the climax of the Mars mission.
- Played for laughs in Nightmare Ned as an arcade puzzle where you have to dodge insane, swirly-eyed doctors trying to grab Ned to extract his organs. The amount of times they succeed determines how many need to be replaced in the next puzzle (up to 8)
- Done with a twist in Surgeon Simulator 2013; the Hallway levels have you perform surgery on your patient during one of these. The Tooth, Eye, and Brain surgeries substitute the gurney for a wheelchair, but fit nonetheless.
- Seen in the Roger Rabbit Short "Tummy Trouble", as Roger is wheeled down a ridiculously long hallway to the operating room.
- The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Born Again Krabs" has one after a subversion of the Ambulance Cut.
- The Kim Possible Trapped in TV Land episode "Dimension Twist" has Kim and Shego suddenly find themselves pushing a gurney with Rufus as the "patient".