Co-Pro Brokering +44(0)7812 084448
Distribution +44 (0) 7968 378526
Channel 5’s landmark documentary series enters its fifth series, moving to the West of England and Horfield Health Centre in Bristol.
This is the only series on British TV to be filmed inside a working general practice, offering a disarmingly honest and often entertaining look at the stresses, strains and joys of working in, and using, the NHS in modern Britain.
The 18 doctors and 11 Health Care Professionals at Horfield Health Centre in Bristol have 17,600 patients on their books, with problems ranging from sore feet to self-harming. But with GP surgeries receiving less than 10% of the total NHS budget whilst handling 90% of its workload, can this vital community service survive?
UK PREMIERE: Wednesday 26th July on Channel 5
Screeners added weekly.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The first episode of Series 5 of ‘GPs: Behind Closed Doors’ paints a dramatic picture of ‘front line’ health care in the UK.
GPs are increasingly being asked to fill the gap created by overstretched hospital A&E departments and in this opening episode the staff at the exceptionally busy Horfield surgery need to respond to a number of urgent care cases.
Baby Naya has been rushed into the surgery by her parents because she has been vomiting for the past two days. Even before examining her, Dr Helen Thomas is concerned - Naya has not had a wet nappy for over 15 hours and is at risk of becoming dehydrated.
Speedy action is also required with patient Yasir, a chef who has come to the surgery after accidentally slicing his finger with a knife. As Dr Alison Bolam checks for damaged tendons, Yasir collapses on the desk and the rest of the team rushes in to help. Luckily Yasir soon comes round and he is sent to A&E for further investigations.
Francelia needs help from Dr Jane Ghosh to relieve her symptoms of menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), which is causing shortness of breath and preventing Francelia from working. She needs to see a gynecologist but previous appointments have been cancelled for more urgent patients. Dr Ghosh contacts the gynecologists to make sure the appointment does not get moved again.
Joshua has come to talk to Dr Amanda Ramshaw about his chronic back pain. Joshua has been doing his own research on the internet and wants to find out if Dr Ramshaw thinks he might be a suitable candidate for the latest trials of medical marijuana.
Urgent Care Clinician Lizzie Harris sees schoolboy Reagan who can’t stop biting his fingernails. Reagan is mostly biting them at school when he is bored in class and the nails are now so damaged that his fingers are risk of infection. In a bid to help Reagan, Lizzie suggests that he speaks to his teachers about moving up a set, where he will be more challenged.
Pauline is suffering from a nasty bout of impetigo on her lips which is exacerbated by an underlying blood condition. Last night she accidentally knocked a scab off and soaked a bath towel with blood. Dr Alison Bolam needs to examine her lips but Pauline is nervous. With reassurance from Dr Bolam and her husband the examination goes ahead and antibiotics prescribed to clear up the infection.Screener
In this, the second episode of series 2 we meet more of the doctors, nurses, support staff and patients at Horfield Health Centre - a large, busy practice, that cares for a diverse array of patients with health issues ranging from ‘minor’ to ‘life threatening’.
The first patient through the GPs doors in Series 5 is Sophia – a toddler who has been scheduled for a heart valve operation in a week’s time but who has unfortunately developed a nasty head cold that is threatening to delay the procedure. Sophia has Downs Syndrome and it’s important that the operation goes ahead as planned. It’s down to her GP – Dr Andrew Cordell – to see if he can get Sophia back to full fitness in time for her all-important appointment with the surgeons.
Dr Tom Pelly studied medicine in Bristol and is now serving the local community there. In this episode he meets Laura, a young woman who is struggling with anxiety and insomnia. This vicious cycle of issues has begun to spiral out of control and Laura has started to develop an unhealthy obsession with the Suspension Bridge - Bristol’s most famous landmark and sadly a place where many people have committed suicide. Thankfully for Laura, Dr Pelly is on hand to offer her ongoing support and she leaves the consulting room in a much better place than when she arrived.
There are plenty of colorful characters amongst the regular patients at Horfield Health Centre. One of these is Colin who has a range of health problems including recurring gout; a painful back; smelly feet and an inability to lose weight. It’s a lot of ground for his GP – Dr Alison Bolam – to cover in a ten-minute consultation but somehow she manages to get a word in edgeways and Colin leaves with a new plan of action.
Later Dr Alison Bolam treats Sheralyn – a patient who was bitten by her cat a few months ago. The injury required stitches but subsequently became infected with cellulitis for which two operations were required. To make matters worse, Sheralyn’s joints have now begun to swell up – an agonising condition that has left her struggling to move.
One of the many skills GPs possess is an ability to listen to their patients – in the absence of expensive technical equipment it’s perhaps their main tool for diagnosing patients. In her consultation with patient Debbora, Dr Farida Ahmad provides an exemplary example of this skill. Debbora has come in primarily because she’s worried about a lump on her finger, but simply by listening attentively, Dr Ahmad soon establishes that Debbora’s real problem lies deeper. She recently lost a relative to cancer and, secretly, has been struggling to cope.
Also tonight Dr Anna Graham meets Christine, an older lady who is concerned she may have angina.
And Practice Nurse Linda Wilcox treats surgery regular Michael who has recently had several toes amputated as a result of diabetes. The dressing on Michael’s foot requires changing and throughout the procedure he remains chipper, regaling Nurse Wilcox with tales of his colorful past when he used to play keyboards for none other that Wales’ answer to Elvis himself – Shakin’ Stevens.Screener
Dizzy spells, falls and their related injuries keep the GPs at Horfield Health Centre, Bristol on their toes this week.
Glenys is an older lady who has been brought in to see Dr Andy Cordell by her daughter. Three weeks ago, Glenys was at work and all was well. Today she is suffering dizzy spells, is falling over and is struggling to walk. Her GP is shocked at her rapid decline and, after a lengthy examination, suspects his patient may have fallen prey to a rare muscle wasting disease….
Meanwhile, Dr Farida Ahmed is trying to get to the bottom of why her patient, Frederick, has also been falling over. Most recently, he tripped while hanging out his washing and hit his head on the concrete. Careful questioning by the GP reveals Frederick has a number of underlying health conditions including a narrowing of his spinal chord...
Later, Dr Ahmed meets Stanley who is also struggling to get about. In his own words Stanley’s “body is dead, from knees to the feet” and he “can hardly feel the floor”. He’s also suffering with fatigue and chronic pain. It’s a devastating mix that has left him extremely depressed. Can his GP offer Stanley any glimmer of hope?
Also tonight, Dr Liz Lee meets Iris, a schoolgirl who has come out in a mysterious rash that has her parents baffled.
And Dr Holly Hardy treats Rachael, a young woman who has noticed blood in her urine and who is understandably alarmed.
Also, Dr Tom Pelly meets Tom for a medication review but is concerned by his patient’s level of drinking.
And later, Dr Tom Pelly meets Owen, a young boy whose, “tummy is not telling me when I need to go to the toilet”.Screener
Patients in pain – both physical and mental – seek help from the GPs and Nurses at Horfield Health Centre in Bristol this week.
Patient Valentine is undergoing male-to-female gender reassignment. It’s proving to be a long and arduous journey that has been exacerbated by the fact that she suffers from some mental health and substance abuse issues. Fortunately, Valentine has her GP - Dr Alison Bolam - firmly in her corner, helping her to navigate a path through the various medical and logistical obstacles she is encountering.
Across the corridor, Dr Tom Pelly is treating an older patient - Vera - in physical pain. Vera has been soldiering on with her bad shoulder but it’s got to the point where she’s worried it might be something really serious. Her sister-in-law had a pain in her back that turned out to be cancer and Vera is very concerned her pain may be a sign of the same thing. Over to Dr Pelly to try to get to the bottom of things.
Meanwhile, Dr Alison Bolam is treating David – a visually impaired patient who is suffering with pain in his eyes and face. The reason for David’s discomfort? A couple of nights ago, whilst attempting to light his oven, he misjudged how long the gas had been switched on. Boom! In Dr Bolam’s words, David has had a lucky escape.
Also tonight Dr Jane Edge meets Agnese, a lady who has developed a large red patch on her forehead. What began as a small spot has grown into something much more prominent almost overnight and Agnese is understandably concerned. Luckily Dr Edge is able to make a quick diagnosis – impetigo – a common infection that a course of antibiotics should clear up.
And Dr Elizabeth Barnard treats Hannah who has come in with terrible abdominal pain. This could be a simple case of gastroenteritis but, after examining her patient,
Dr Barnard has feeling that this could be something much more serious and potentially life threatening – appendicitis. She sends Hannah straight to hospital for further tests….
It's another busy week at Horfield Health Centre, with screaming kids, painful injections, extreme anxiety and mystery illnesses.
The sun has been shining in Bristol and Carl, a local builder, has noticed some dodgy looking spots on his face. Not an avid sunscreen user, he’s come to see Dr Thomas to make sure it’s nothing serious. The doctor gives Carl some very valuable advice on staying safe in the sun.
Dr Cordell comforts Lynda, an older lady who's been suffering from excruciating headaches over the past 9 weeks. Could it be pain-killers themselves which are causing the pain?
Anxiety affects a huge number of people in the UK - Jess is a young patient who suffers from many health anxieties and is in to see Dr Ahmad for some reassurance with her ‘crunching neck’!
Lisa is suffering from extreme abdominal pains. After chatting to Dr Edge it becomes clear the issue may not just be due to her physical health. Lately she’s been struggling to provide food for her family, let alone herself, but luckily Dr Edge is on hand to offer her some much needed help.
Dr Pelly meets little Edith, a lovely baby girl with a birthmark that's causing her problems with her eye. What are birthmarks? Why do they form? The doctor explains.
Abigail has been vomiting every day for a year without explanation. Today she’s very concerned after another terrible bout of unexplained sickness that's worrying not only her, but her sister too. Dr Bolam investigates to try and get to the bottom of this mystery illness, but is all not what it seems with Abigail?
Over the hallway Dr McLaren meets Stuart, a young man who’s come in with his family support worker Nisha. Stuart’s had a rough time lately with the death of multiple family members and trying to cope with caring for his son who suffers with a heart defect. He's been having suicidal thoughts and even set himself on fire. Can Dr McLaren get him back on the right path?
Next up is Abdalle, a lovely young boy who comes in with an unusual facial paralysis that’s worrying him and his family, luckily Dr Bolam can explain what’s going on.Screener
The GPs at Horfield Health Centre make some potentially worrying discoveries this week.
First, Dr Tom Pelly meets Rohini, a woman who has lost her voice and can barely speak. The GP is not overly concerned by her symptoms, assuring Rohini that her voice will return. But, during a routine examination he does discover something that does ring alarm bells – his patient has a heart murmur that could indicate a far more serious condition.
Meanwhile Dr Helen Thomas is treating Gemma, a 22-year-old woman who thinks she may have injured her neck by carrying a heavy back pack during a recent Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition. Again not a huge cause for concern but while examining Gemma the GP discovers something that does concern her – a lump in her patient’s neck that warrants further investigation.
Also tonight, Dr Alison Bolam meets Chris who injured his spine in a vehicle accident strangely related to the 9/11 attacks. Chris was driving his lorry that day when he was rear-ended by another vehicle. It turned out that the driver who hit him had just received a phone call informing her that a relative had been caught up in the attacks on New York. Since then Chris has been unable to work and remains in constant pain. His GP tries to offer some help.
Later, Dr Tom Pelly meets with newly diagnosed epilepsy sufferer Riley and his mum Georgina. Riley has been complaining of having pain in his eye and during the consultation shows signs of having a type of epileptic fit that he hasn’t had before.
And Dr Farida Ahmad sees a man suffering with blood in his vomit and stools. John has had a stomach ulcer before and he’s worried it’s rearing its ugly head again. Hopefully that’s all it is, but with a history of stomach cancer in the family, Dr Ahmad wants to make sure there’s nothing more sinister at play.
Down the corridor, asthma sufferer Ria is in to see Dr Thomas as her asthma has worsened since she has found out she was pregnant. The GP gives her some essential advice.
And, Dr Alison Bolam has a concerning consultation with Craig, a man who has been struggling since he witnessed his friend suffer a heart attack at work. Blighted by sleep problems and an attempted suicide, Craig is desperate for help.Screener
In this episode of ‘GPs: Behind Closed Doors’ Sheralyn needs help from Dr Tom Pelly to relieve her symptoms of joint pain, which is causing her great distress. Sheralyn tearfully explains she can’t cope anymore with the pain and even doing simple tasks like brushing her own hair has become incredibly painful. After reassuring her, Dr Pelly saves the day and prescribes her a low dose of morphine, in the short term, to help manage her acute pain levels.
Simon has come to talk to Dr Anna Graham following a nasty bike accident the week before, where he was hurled over the bonnet of a car. He’s woken up that morning feeling light headed and has left shoulder pain which is causing him discomfort. After a careful examination, Dr Graham thinks he’s not done any major damage and advises him to work through the shoulder and neck exercises she demonstrates to him.
Abigail has come in to see Dr Helen Thomas as she’s suffering from dizzy spells and nausea. She is very anxious she won’t feel better for her sister’s wedding the next day. After a detailed physical examination Dr Thomas diagnoses viral labyrinthitis and prescribes her anti-sickness tablets. She hopes it will help Abigail be able to fulfill her bridesmaid duties the next day without feeling dizzy.
Also tonight, Dr Farida Ahmad sees toddler Nathaniel who has been vomiting for the last few days and has a poor appetite. His parents are concerned he doesn’t generally eat as much as he should. Dr Ahmad offers great advice about how to structure his meal times and some top tips to encourage him to eat more of a healthy diet.
Meanwhile, Charlie needs help from Dr Helen Thomas with a painful rash over her face, which turns out to be acne. However once the matter is dealt with, Dr Thomas asks how she is coping following the death of her mother. Charlie reveals she’s finding it much harder to cope now than when her mother first passed away. Fortunately there’s plenty that her doctor can do to help her and Charlie is given some local organisations to contact to help her cope with her bereavement.Screener
- Series Title : GPs: Behind Closed Doors - Series 5
- Format : 42 x 60'
- Production company : Knickerbockerglory
- Year of production : 2017
- Commissioning channels : Channel 5
- Availability : 27/07/2017