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As Holby cel­e­brates the 70th birth­day of the NHS, there’s a major in­ci­dent show­ing how the ser­vice copes dur­ing a cri­sis. The hard­work­ing Holby medics spring into ac­tion when a mar­ket roof col­lapses. Mean­while, Sheilagh gives grand­son Lofty her thoughts on his re­la­tion­ship with Dom...

Holby City’s Hugh Quarshie re­veals how cel­e­bra­tions turn into catas­tro­pheÉ

The med­i­cal staff at Holby City are in the mood to party this week, as the NHS pre­pares to cel­e­brate its 70th an­niver­sary! Their plans for an af­ter-work bash are, how­ever, scup­pered when the roof of a lo­cal indoor mar­ket col­lapses, re­sult­ing in mul­ti­ple ca­su­al­ties.

Pulling to­gether

It’s a case of all hands on deck, but with some patients and staff buck­ling un­der the strain, and reg­is­trar Zav Du­val be­ing as­saulted by an an­gry pa­tient, ev­ery­one’s thank­ful that se­nior sur­geons Ric Grif­fin (Hugh Quarshie) and Ser­ena Camp­bell (Cather­ine Rus­sell) are at the helm…

‘There’s a marked ur­gency in Holby this week, as a mar­ket roof col­lapses and we have to cope with it,’ ex­plains Hugh. ‘Ev­ery­one has to deal with peo­ple and in­ci­dents that go out­side their train­ing. It tests their re­solve – and some­times they fail that test.’

Al­though ex­tra beds and seat­ing are pro­vided on the ward for needy patients, it’s far from an ideal sit­u­a­tion. Ser­ena’s skills are tested to their lim­its as she fights to treat a pa­tient called Len­nie (EastEn­ders’ Gary Bea­dle), whose life she saved many years be­fore. Can Ric help Ser­ena keep Len­nie alive for a sec­ond time?

‘It was great to have Gary on set as Len­nie. Ser­ena has a touch­ing re­minder that of­ten a pa­tient forms an at­tach­ment to their sur­geon and they can be­come a role model,’ says Hugh, who re­veals there’s more drama to come...

Na­tional pride

‘As ev­ery­one’s ready to end the shift, sud­denly there’s an­other in­ci­dent that sees fire­fight­ers and am­bu­lance ser­vices in need of treat­ment as well. Every­body vol­un­teers. It’s poignant – the NHS is a 24/7 oper­a­tion and the self­less peo­ple who work in it go above and be­yond the call of duty. The NHS is, quite rightly, the pride of this coun­try.’

Forth­right… Sheilagh (in­set) gives Lofty her hon­est opin­ion

In dan­ger… Len­nie falls gravely ill

Cri­sis con­trol… Ser­ena and Ric face

a major in­ci­dent

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