SERIES 5 EPISODE
7 HOME TRUTHS
Joanne complains that David doesn't get through as many patients
as Andrew and Erica. Kim defends him and says it's because he is thorough.
Andrew and Erica have a meeting with the Chowdry practice about the co-op. It
is not successful due to the practice's conservative ways.
Andrew upsets a patient; Christine Higgins. She brings her son Daniel in for a
check up but Andrew is sure she is a timewaster and rushes through her consultation. She later comes back with Daniel and Erica diagnoses
and rushes Daniel to hospital. Andrew says he should've spotted it and says it was
because he was tired from being on call the night before. They are still
struggling with night cover and the co-op agreement isn't looking promising.
Kim and Joanne again bring up the subject of David's thorough consultations. Andrew
agrees that he sometimes has to mop up the rest of David's patients even
after he's finished with his own. David argues that his patients often need
time and attention and someone to talk to. Erica agrees with David, much to
Christine's husband Joe argues with Andrew for not spotting baby Daniel's
illness. Andrew says at the time of his consultation Daniel had no symptoms of Gastroenteritis. Joe tells Andrew that he and Christine lost a child
through cot death.
Laura and Erica run some more tests on Daniel and they show blood in his urine.
Andrew however, is still not convinced that Daniel is ill and tells Erica he thinks
it's Christine who is inflicting the symptoms on Daniel. Erica dismisses
the idea and accuses Andrew of being 'off' towards woman.
ERICA: Ever since Kirsty you haven't exactly endeared
yourself to women have you?
No sooner is Daniel given the all clear then he is back in hospital again, this
time in a coma. Andrew becomes more concerned and asks Joanne to get the notes
of the Higgins family records from their old practice. As Andrew's concern
grows, Erica slowly realises that he may be right about Christine. On
another visit to Daniel, Erica finds one of Daniel's bottles full of salt
water. She takes it to Andrew who tastes it and says it is definitely salt water.
Andrew confronts Christine with the bottle but she denies she had anything to do
with it or Daniel's illness. Andrew tells her that he has reported her and that
Daniel will be taken to a place of safety.
David tells Claire she has to stop spending so much money on gardening equipment.
She has brought plants and shrubs to fill their garden to make it look more
Andrew, Erica and David are surprised when the Chowdry practice decides it
will enter the co-op with them.
Andrew and Erica spend the evening at her cottage talking about Christine and
Joe. Andrew says at least the Higgins have each other - which is more then some people