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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?
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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
This week at the surgery, the doctors and medical staff attend to a number of young patients who have come in with their parents.
Daniel and his Dad have come to see Dr Andrew Cordell about Daniel’s agoraphobia. Daniel finds leaving his house very stressful - the mere thought of going out gives him the shakes and an upset stomach. He’s also having trouble sleeping at night. Later it’s revealed that Daniel’s agoraphobia has come about as a result of him being the victim of a violent assault months before.
Dr Cordell suggests a change to Daniel’s medication and recommends that he explores counselling options too.
Rosie was sent home from school when she developed a rash on her arms that did not fade when pressed with a glass. She and her Mum have come to see Dr Pelly, who is puzzled by the uniform distribution of the rash and wants to rule out meningitis. After checking Rosie over he calls the hospital for a second opinion.
Dr Pelly sees Willis who suffered a Deep Vein Thrombosis last year. Seven months on, Willis still experiences pain in his leg and is concerned that he’s been taking too much ibuprofen. Dr Pelly assesses his medication and examines Willis’s leg before reassuring him that he’s taking all the right steps towards recovery.
HCA Julie Walker has a challenging patient who needs a set of bloods taken. Ella not only has a fear of needles, but her veins are notoriously difficult to find. She needs constant reassurance from Julie who has two attempts before finally getting the bloods she needs.
Yvonne has come to see Dr Ahmed because she is worried about breathlessness and chest pains. She’s terrified her symptoms mean she is going to have a heart attack. Dr Ahmed gives Yvonne a thorough examination and recommends further tests to assess her heart.
Dee has a bad case of conjunctivitis, which is causing pain in her eye along with large amounts of sticky discharge. She is particularly concerned because she is blind in one eye - if the infection spreads she is worried that she won’t be able to see. UCC Lizzie Harris advises Dee on how to minimize the spread of infection.Screener
A GP’s day is always a varied one – as Dr Farida Ahmed illustrates perfectly in this week’s episode.
Jeffery is a middle-aged man with an eye watering problem – a tight foreskin. In fact, it’s getting tighter by the day and he’s starting to have difficulty passing urine. Desperate for help, Jeffery’s come to see his GP, Farida Ahmed, who, after a thorough examination, diagnoses her patient with Lichen Sclerosus – a rare condition that causes thickening of the foreskin. There are a few treatments on the table – the last resort being a circumcision – no picnic for a man in his fifties.
The next patient through Dr Ahmad’s consulting room door is David whose problems are psychological rather than physical. David recently arrived at his mother’s house to discover her lying on the floor in the hallway. She passed away shortly afterwards and David has been left understandably traumatized and grief stricken as a result. Thankfully his GP is on hand to offer support during this difficult time.
Across the hallway Urgent Care Paramedic, Lizzie Harris is treating Laura, a young lady who is suffering from abdominal pains. During the consultation Laura explains that she has suffered from bulimia for the past ten years. Lizzie suspects her patient’s pain is related to her eating disorder and offers some practical advice as to how she might turn things around.
Meanwhile Dr Anna Graham is treating Anna whose cat has given her a nasty whack across the eye. Anna’s eye has swollen up and she has excruciating pain all down the side of her face. Dr Graham suspects the cat scratch has become infected and takes prompt action to clear things up.
Surgery regular Valentine is back in to see Dr Bolam this week. The gender reassignment patient is still frustrated about the treatment she’s receiving from the various health providers assigned to her case and so it’s down to Dr Bolam to
manage Valentine’s expectations.
Also tonight, 10-year-old Breanne is suffering from a mysterious rash on the back of her neck. Her mum is mystified as to what’s causing it – Urgent Care Team member Claire Fry less so. She’s convinced the rash is being caused by flea bites and the prime culprits are the two family cats that share Breanne’s bed.Screener
Cancer comes under the spotlight in this episode of GP’s Behind Closed Doors. From mouth cancer to Hodgkins Lymphoma; patients who have beaten cancer to patients with cancer fears; the doctors of Horfield Health Centre have their work cut out.
Dr Tom Pelly sees regular patient David who is suffering from the repercussions of mouth cancer, Dr Pelly offers a sympathetic ear as David confesses to getting through 3 bottles of vodka a week.
Elsewhere Dr Alison Bolam is concerned about cancer when she meets an elderly woman who is throwing up her food.
And Dr Amanda Ramshaw meets a patient with a jaw-popping party trick who is worried about a lump in her throat. After she also admits to feeling tired, Dr Ramshaw ups her investigations.
Dr Jane Edge meets with physiotherapist Stephen whose mild arm tremor has recently got worse. With a family history of MS, Dr Edge investigates further.
Down the corridor Dr Tom Pelly sees Alan, a man who thinks he may have had a heart attack and has also lost everything in a house fire. Dr Pelly checks him over and is forced to issue a stark warning.
Dr Amanda Ramshaw is full of compliments for patient Jane who comes in with a nice top and a nice hair colour along with strong cold symptoms and a potential case of MRSA in her nose. Dr Ramshaw checks her over.
Elsewhere, Dr Tom Pelly meets a mother who is worried about her son’s sudden head movements. Worried it might be something serious she has turned to Dr Pelly for help.
There’s an emotional consultation for Dr Farida Ahmad who sees anxiety sufferer Harriet who wants to reduce her medication after realising how reliant she has become on it. With the fear that she may suffer with anxiety for the rest of her life, Dr Ahmad gives her some other options.Screener
In tonight’s episode, Dr Andy Cordell treats David, a regular patient who’s been experiencing problem with his memory. David’s wife is concerned about dementia. David thinks she’s being overly dramatic. To get to the bottom of things, Dr Cordell puts his patient through a battery of tests. The dramatic results give him cause for concern….
Across the corridor, Dr Alison Bolam meets Anna-Maria, who has been experiencing pain under her right arm and in her right breast. Dr Bolam decides a thorough examination is required.
Also tonight, Dr Amanda Ramshaw meets Mary and her husband, and carer, Patrick. The pressure of looking after his wife whilst holding down a full-time job have sent Patrick’s stress levels through the roof and he’s desperate for some help. With both her patients in tears, Dr Ramshaw decides some respite is desperately required and signs Patrick off work so he can recharge his batteries.
Meanwhile Dr Jewell’s is learning all about his patient John’s problematic hearing. Time for the veteran GP to whip out some old school, low fi medical equipment from his doctor’s bag – a tuning fork and a sheet of A4 paper. Watch in amazement as Dr Jewell uses only these basic tools to reach to a solid diagnosis.
Meanwhile, Dr Pelly discovers his patient Donna has been getting pain in her shoulder. Examining the problem area, Dr Pelly gives Donna the answer – it’s a muscular issue that can be treated with anti-inflammatories and an unusual exercise that she can do at home.
Later, Dr Pelly meets Sandy, a lady who has extreme pain in her stomach. Dr Pelly talks her through what medication she’s on and decides to increase it so she can sleep at night.
And Dr Pelly also meets Peter, an older gentleman who’s worried about his eyes constantly being tired. Dr Pelly wonders if it could be linked to Peter’s diabetes and decides to give him some eye-drops. Peter leaves a happy patient.Screener
The Horfield Health Centre GPs leap into action this week, providing front line care to the people of Bristol.
Two days prior to her consultation with Dr Liz Lee, Kerry was knocked off her bicycle. She was lucky to survive the accident, having been thrown dozens of feet through the air before landing on the tarmac. Following the incident, Kerry was treated in A&E, but she’s come in to see Dr Lee because (in addition to being covered in cuts and bruises) she’s worried about her shoulder which is looking far from normal. A quick glance from the GP is enough to confirm that the A&E clinicians have missed something rather obvious. Kerry has a broken collarbone that is going to require urgent treatment….
Meanwhile, Dr Anna Graham is in consultation with Donna, a recovering addict who suffers from chronic pain in her legs. The cause of Donna’s pain is unclear. What is obvious though is that she is in agony and struggling to cope. To complicate things further, Donna has children at home that require her constant attention and for whom she is the sole carer - her partner is currently in prison. Fortunately Dr Graham is on hand to offer her help and support.
Across the hall, Dr Jane Edge is treating a tiny patient, Coco, who is not one yet one year old. Coco is displaying symptoms normally associated with hay fever, but hay fever is extremely rare in babies Coco’s age. Mum is understandably concerned. It’s a real puzzler for Dr Edge…
Also tonight, Dr Tom Pelly sees Peter to review his diabetes medication. The GP is considering starting Peter on a new drug, but it is not without risks. Possible side effects include an increased risk of urine infections and thrush. On the plus side Peter’s diabetes will be better controlled and he should feel less up and down. Decisions, decisions.
Baby Max has had a gummy eye for a few days and his dad David is worried it might be getting worse. Enter Dr Alex MacLaren who gets rewarded with a giggly Max's smiles.
And Katie’s got a spot inside her nose that “smells wrong”. Is it infected? Dr Amanda Ramshaw investigates.Screener
The Horfield Health Centre welcomes a celebrity patient this week in the form of former world champion bantamweight boxer, Lee Haskins.
Haskins lost his IBF belt in a prize fight just two days previously and has come in to see his GP Dr Amanda Ramshaw as a result of the injuries he sustained. In addition to facial bruising, he has a lack of sensation in his upper arm and a pain running down his neck. After giving the athlete a thorough examination, Dr Ramshaw is concerned he may have suffered some neurological damage and sends him to hospital for an urgent scan.
Alan is a longstanding patient at the surgery who underwent a heart operation a few years ago. Recently Alan has developed a tight chest and is struggling to breathe, particularly when he sleeps. His wife Elaine is concerned these symptoms are similar to the ones Alan experienced before his heart operation. Dr. Farida Ahmad shares her concerns and decides to call an ambulance to take Alan to hospital.
Later Dr. Anna Graham meets Jenny, a patient who was disabled from the neck down a few years ago following an accident. Amazingly, mobility has returned to Jenny’s legs and arms and she is now able to walk and move normally again. Unfortunately, Jenny has started to experience pins and needles in her arms and she is worried her paralysis might be returning.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hardy and Dr. Cordell are examining patients with possible signs of cancer, and Dr. Cordell sees a man with suspicious marks on his head.
Also tonight, Dr. Anna Graham sees long-term patient Julie who, on top of fibromyalgia and arthritis, has a mysterious illness causing swelling of the face and chronic headaches. She is fed up with the pain and discomfort and discusses her desire to register for a Do Not Resuscitate order with her GP.
Across the corridor, schoolgirl Georgia comes is in with recurring nosebleeds. Dr Tom Pelly reassures her and explains the correct way to stop the bleeding.
Dr. Ramshaw sees gorgeous baby Hugo and his mum Nadtaya. Hugo has had suspected conjunctivitis for a few months now and Dr. Ramshaw gives him some antibiotic eye drops.
Later on, Dr. Ahmad treats an ICU nurse who has a flare up of eczema and then sees Karl who has Spina Bifida and osteomyelitis among other complications.Screener
It's action stations at Horfield Health Centre when Dr Liz Lee welcomes a new patient to the practice…
Mihai (who is half Greek and half Belarus but a Danish citizen) is quick to inform Dr Lee that he used to be a special-forces operative and a member of a police SWAT team. Whilst carrying out his duties, Mihai was shot several times and he’s got the scars and bullet wounds to prove it.
Dr Anna Graham also meets a new patient tonight, Heather, who is struggling to breathe even though she’s hooked up to a portable oxygen tank. Upon further questioning, Dr Graham discovers Heather also has a heart condition, diabetes and polymyalgia. It’s quite a list of health issues for an elderly patient but Heather is in good hands….
Also tonight, Dr Tom Pelly meets a young man, William, who suffers from varicose veins so severe that they actually bleed. William also suffers from depression and he’s worried that the stress his varicose veins are putting him under may send him down a dark road. As usual, Dr Pelly handles the situation with empathy and understanding.
Sean has just crashed his motorcycle into the side of a Volvo. After getting thrown across the road, he’s badly bruised his hip and the whole of the right-hand side of his body. The bruise is massive, but what’s worrying Sean is that it’s started spreading to many other parts of his body, including his genitals - interfering with his sex life. Urgent Care Team member, Lizzie Harris is on hand to take a look and give him the best advice, which includes refraining from sex for a while.
Later, Dr Liz Lee treats Abigail who suffered a second-degree tear whilst giving birth to her baby, who is now six seeks old. The GP enquires as to whether or not Abigail and her partner have started having sex again – a question that sends her patient into fits of laughter. Sex is the farthest thing from her mind right now.
Meanwhile, schoolboy Rio is in to see Dr Anna Graham with his mum. He’s been suffering up to three nosebleeds a day and his mum is at a loss as to what’s to be done.
Urgent Care Team member, Lizzie Harris’ last patient of the day is Kirsty who woke this morning with no voice. She can barely speak - a potential disaster as she’s going to a wedding tomorrow where she’s expected to sing….Screener
GPs are trained to diagnose and treat a vast range of illnesses and health issues – and the doctors at Horfield Health Centre need to put all that training into practice in this week’s episode.
Dr Farida Ahmad’s patient, George, is HIV positive and also suffers from a range of other health problems. This morning, George is feeling totally exhausted and is tired all the time. His cluster headaches have returned; he feels as though his skull is “changing shape” and he has started smoking again – even though he is at risk of COPD. For Dr Ahmad it’s a case of where to begin…..
Meanwhile Dr Ahmad’s colleagues are trying to help patients suffering with chronic pain.
Dr Amanda Ramshaw’s patient Ray has a history of cellulitis – a potentially serious skin infection. Ray has shooting pains in his legs and his feet have become hot, red and inflamed. The GP is concerned that there may be a serious underlying cause and calls a vascular clinic for advice.
Across the corridor Dr Tom Pelly is treating Alice who is wincing in pain and struggling to sit down due to excruciating boils around her groin. Initially the GP is concerned the boils may be related to the hip surgery Alice has recently undergone. But, upon closer inspection he concludes the boils are being caused by infected hair follicles - an infection that has been introduced by Alice’s shaving her bikini line.
And Dr Andy Cordell is concerned about Kerry, who was recently in a cycle accident. Kerry injured her head in the crash and, although a CT scan came back clear, has started experiencing headaches and impaired vision.
Later, Nurse Linda Wilcox welcomes Sally, a blind patient, to the surgery. Sally is accompanied by her guide dog Lilly and is in the surgery for some travel jabs. The patient is currently in training for the Blind World Sailing Championships and Nurse Linda urges her to come back with a gold medal.
Also Dr Jane Ghosh meets Catherine, a widowed grandmother who is struggling with anxiety, depression and loneliness. Catherine is one of 11 children and, now that many of her siblings have passed away, she is scared she could be next – so much so, she is worried about going to bed and would rather sleep in a chair.Screener
Patients boasting a wide variety of lumps, bumps and swellings keep the busy Horfield Health Centre GPs honest this week.
Dr Elizabeth Barnard’s patient Catherine is a diabetic who has developed a large, painful blister between two of her toes. In non-diabetics this would be no great cause for concern but foot problems in diabetics are something that immediately ring alarm bells with GPs due to reduced circulation and sensation. It’s vital to get on top of these infections early. In a worse case scenario, tardy treatment could result in an amputation.
Meanwhile Dr Farida Ahmad is offering support to Lorraine who is concerned about a huge, unsightly scar on her leg – the result of surgery. Can anything be done to improve its appearance?
Geoffrey is in to see Dr Alison Bolam with an egg sized swelling on his elbow. An older gentleman, Geoff is concerned it could be something sinister. Fortunately, his GP is immediately able to put his mind at rest. The large, squidgy lump is a fluid filled ‘bursa’ that should go down on it’s own given some time.
Dr Anna Graham, meanwhile, is treating Debbie, a teaching assistant who is under stress at work and who has discovered a sizeable lump on the side of her neck. Fortunately, this lump is nothing more serious than a larger cyst which is relative easy to treat.
Next up, a young patient, Phoebe. Her mother has noticed lots of strange bumps on her daughter’s tummy and knees and is understandably concerned. Again, the GP has the answer. Dr David Jewell informs mum that these bumps are skin tags called molluscum, fairly common in children, which should clear up by themselves without treatment.
There are more lumps to deal with when Dr Anna Graham meets Thomas. The patient has developed a large number of painful ulcers inside his mouth, that have left him struggling to speak. Can the GP help?
And patient Kay also has lumps – this time on the backs of her knees – which she thinks could be sinister moles. After getting down on all fours to view the affected area, Dr David Jewell confirms that these are in fact warts.
Meanwhile, Leigh is in to see Dr Anna Graham because his knee has started to swell up alarmingly. The GP suspects the problem may, in part, be due to Leigh’s weight and urges him to consider losing some pounds.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