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Series 3-Episode 18

Series 3-Episode 18

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Review

This week the Accident and Emergency Department at King's College Hospital resembles a nursing home. Two elderly patients were found following a fall and long hours on the floor; a third was stabbed when he answered the doorbell. All three live alone.

It's a pitiful snapshot of our society but – as always in this thought-provoking ob-doc – it's more complex than that. One patient is schizophrenic and also the victim of his medication: it makes him fidget and kick his legs so passers-by write him off as the madman he's trying not to be. Yet he prizes his independence, as does 89-year-old Pat. “I think I've had a very, very interesting life,” she declares, not in the least sorry for herself, “only because I'm single.”

Summary

Schizophrenic Graham, 75, is brought to King's College Hospital after being stabbed in the neck by a stranger on his doorstep, and needs a CT scan to reveal the extent of his wound. Former nursery nurse Pat, 89, also arrives on the ward, having been found at the bottom of the stairs at home with no recollection of how she got there, while palliative care nurse Tracey treats 72-year-old retired postman Michael, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Nick Curwin
Executive Producer Hamo Forsyth
Executive Producer Jonathan Smith
Series Director Jackie Waldock
Series Director John Douglas
Series Producer Jackie Waldock
Series Producer John Douglas
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