SERIES 6 EPISODE
1 ALL FALL DOWN
The Beeches staff put up a petition to stop a chemist being built
as it will cut off some of their income.
Meningitis breaks out in Brompton as a baby dies. Andrew wonders if there is a
link between that case and a previous case in Cardale as the baby in Brompton
has a cousin who attends Cardale primary school. However the health authority
dismiss Andrew's theory.
David, Claire and Chloe wave goodbye to Emma, Tom and Sarah-Jane as they leave
for the school camp. However the trip comes under scrutiny when the deceased
babies mother tries to stop the trip from going ahead as she thinks all of the
children are at risk from catching Meningitis.
Chloe and James hold a Sausage Sizzler evening for all the parents whose kids
have gone to the camp. Erica is pleased when Andrew arrives as he initially
rejected her invitation. However she has no alternative but to go as she is now
living at The Manor due to her house fire (s5 ep14). She tells him that she's a little bit drunk but that
she doesn't think she'll regret what she's about to do - she kisses him.
Meanwhile Chloe is worried about Sarah-Jane being at the camp.
David goes to the camp site to check all the children are ok and that
there are no signs of Meningitis. He is taken to the tent of Gary who has been
unwell after falling in the river on an exercise. David is alarmed by the
severity of his condition and rushes him to hospital. However it is too late,
Gary has Meningitis and dies.
Dawn Rudge fronts the parents campaign to have all the children vaccinated but
as much as Andrew tries to convince them, the health authority don't believe Cardale is on the
verge of an outbreak. The camp is cancelled and all the children are returned
Sarah-Jane is taken ill with a high temperature, Erica is sure nothing is wrong
but Andrew wastes no time in rushing her to hospital. Tests show that she has a
virus and not Meningitis. Elsewhere Emma tells David and Claire that Tom spent
the night in Gary's tent whilst on camp. David immediately vaccinates both Emma
as well as Gary's brother Phillip.
The Beeches hold an emergency meeting for all the parents to warn them about the
symptoms of Meningitis. However all hell breaks loose when it is revealed that David
has vaccinated Emma and Tom. Despite his explanation that they had come into
contact with the virus the parents group refuse to listen and demand full
vaccinations for all children. The Beeches set up a 24 hour helpline to deal with all
Claire begins to keep vigil outside Emma and Tom's bedrooms in fear they will
catch Meningitis. She tells David she's worried that if something bad happens
the manic depression will return. As David returns to the night cover Claire
frantically calls him when Emma complains of several of the Meningitis symptoms.
However there is no answer on David's phone and Claire rushes Emma to hospital
leaving Tom alone in the house. When David returns he finds the house left open
and Tom huddled in the corner. They both go to the hospital where Claire is
anxiously waiting at Emma's bedside.
CLAIRE: I don't want to let you down
DAVID: You've never let
With Emma in hospital and David spitting feathers at the health authority, they
finally give in to the vaccination. All the children in Cardale are vaccinated
and there is much celebrating when it's done.
David and Claire get a shock when Emma is found to be lying, she wasn't ill
after all but had swotted up on the symptoms to get some attention.
Erica finds out that plans are going ahead for a chemist to be built with local resident Norman Shorthose as the pharmacist.
Erica tells Andrew she thought for a while he wasn't
interested in her. He tells her he wanted to give her time after she had found
out her real mum died. Erica tells Andrew she doesn't want this to be another
fling. He tells her it isn't.