A straightforward consultation ends up having life-changing consequences for Emma. Valerie manages to anger Emma, discomfit Al and make Sid even more paranoid.
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I haven't seen you since your holiday.
Hi, Valerie, sorry, I really need to take this.
KNOCK AT DOOR
MOANING AND GASPING
So, how are you?
Since Lena, I mean.
Erm, fine. Thank you.
Her going back to her husband like that, that must have been
a terrible shock for you.
Well, not completely.
So, do you think it was just a passing phase for her, then?
-Well, you'd have to ask Lena about that.
-And what about you?
Are you actually a lesbian now, would you say?
Or do you think you'll go back to men?
Give it as rest, Valerie.
She's entitled to dabble.
Actually, Valerie, I would rather that my private life was not
dragged through the workplace.
Oh, sorry, I didn't mean to offend.
Excuse me, there has been a mix-up with the rota,
I need someone to cover the campus surgery this morning.
I can do that.
Thank you, Dr Reid.
Yes, I'll be on my way.
Let me in. I've seen him. He's been following me.
Go away. Please.
I've managed to ditch him, but I don't know how much longer.
Don't be a total idiot. What do you think's going to happen?
Please, Caz, I'm not well, I can't deal with it.
What's wrong with you?
BANGING ON DOOR
If you don't leave, I'll scream the whole place down.
India, this is me you're talking to. Why are you acting like this?
Just let me in and we can sort this out.
So just ask her how it went. You're dying to know.
You ask her, woman to woman.
Mrs Tembe, I have typed up the minutes for the last meeting.
Thank you, Miss Pitman. Good morning, Dr Carter.
Morning, Mrs Tembe.
How was the book festival?
Oh, it was wonderful, thank you.
Some very interesting speakers.
Good. Did you enjoy the...?
Good morning, Dr Haskey, how are you?
-Great, thank you.
-Are you bearing up?
-Very much so.
Times like this, it's important to share.
We all find our own way to grieve.
He needs bringing out of himself...
I'm not sure Al necessarily...
..by someone who has lived under the shadow of death themselves.
I'm Dr Reid.
OK. Can you tell me your name?
It's India, isn't it? India Jebson?
All right, OK.
Just relax, it's all right.
Don't be sorry. How long have you been feeling like this?
All right, easy now. Easy now.
Can you give me something for the sickness?
I'd have to examine you first.
No, actually, I'm feeling better now.
OK, are you getting stomach cramps?
-Come on, let's get you inside.
-I shouldn't have come.
Come on, let's get you inside.
There we go. Gently now, come on.
All right, easy does it.
Karen, can you get me a sick bowl?
I hope so!
OK. Have you eaten anything out of the ordinary in the last 24 hours?
No? All right.
This is India.
India, would you like a glass of water?
-I think it's straight to sick bay.
-That's it, just relax.
-Do you need a hand?
No, I'm fine, Karen. Thanks, though.
-OK. I'll leave you be.
OK, there you go. Just relax.
-Don't panic, it's all right.
-I'm really sorry about this.
Don't be daft.
You must be busy, I'll be fine, really.
India, have you had any diarrhoea at all?
OK, when did the symptoms start?
I started feeling a bit queasy yesterday,
started puking in the night.
Your pupils do seem quite dilated.
I'd like to keep you here for observation for a while. All right?
Is there someone I can call?
Are you in touch with your family at all?
A friend, perhaps?
I just... I don't need anyone.
How are you getting on at Haverstone House?
Actually, I've moved into halls.
You're at uni?
..feel safe in halls?
I'm so pleased that things have moved on for you.
You were always really kind.
OK. Don't panic.
There you go.
India, have you been around anyone with a sickness bug?
I'll be fine, if I lie down a sec.
OK, well, give me this and I'll get you a clean one,
and let's get you...
She said she enjoyed the speakers.
You didn't even ask her about Charles, did you?
I read between the lines. Men can do that too.
I think we should get the four of us together again.
Oh, yes, we could do another theme night.
Why not Kramer Vs Kramer this time?
You're really not forgiving me for Casablanca, are you?
It's fine, Heston, I don't mind being your unpaid skivvy
while you just stir the tagine.
Do we have to have this argument?
I just think they'd make a rather good couple.
Charles is quite smitten by her, isn't he?
-KNOCK AT DOOR
-How's the vomiter?
OK, I think. I've put her in sick bay.
I want to keep an eye on her for a little bit.
Sweet girl, had a rough time of it lately.
I had to refer her to a women's refuge not long ago.
But her life seems to be going in the right direction, thank goodness.
How are you doing? Hardly saw you all weekend.
Great. How was your weekend with Sierra?
You're not still blaming yourself
about what happened with Lena, are you?
Because Lena made her own choices.
Of course not. Ayesha, I've got a lot to catch up on.
Emma, you do know you can talk to me?
Yes, of course.
About Lena or anything.
Al, I just wanted to say I do understand
what you're going through.
It's hard to talk to anyone at the moment, isn't it?
I closed down too when people reached out to me, but,
believe me, it's only when you share your pain that you
start to realise it's all part of the circle of life.
So when you are ready to talk, I'm here for you.
you do not know how I am feeling.
I've no interest in you sharing my pain.
See, this is not about you, and I'm sorry,
but it is not about your cancer.
So you save your inspirational Disney quotes for someone
who doesn't see them for what they are. OK?
I was talking about losing both my parents.
Not about the cancer.
They both died a while back.
It's strange being an orphan, at any age.
But if I've spoken out of turn,
I'm really sorry for your loss.
-Hi, can I help?
Ooh, that's a nasty one.
Yeah. I'm looking for my friend, India Jebson?
Sorry, I can't give out patient details.
Of course. It's just that she called me, said she was here,
she's not very well.
Totally get that you can't break confidentiality,
it's just that she sounded really rough,
and I'm all she's got these days.
I didn't like to think of her here on her own.
-What is your name?
Caz, you stay there. I'll just have a word with the doctor.
Sure. Thanks so much.
You followed me?
-What do you think?
Some sort of bug, I think.
When did that begin?
Come on, India.
I'm worried about you.
Worried about yourself, more like.
What have you told the doctors?
You can't stay here. He's looking for you right now.
Oh, I told her to wait!
-I said I don't want it! Leave me alone!
Just take it.
Hey! I told you to wait outside!
-What's going on?
-She was calling for help, I couldn't just leave her.
-I think you better go.
-I need the loo.
I'll go. To the left, down the stairs.
She's in a right state, isn't she? I wonder what it is.
What's happened to your face?
Stupid, I banged it on a door.
Would you like me to take a look?
It's fine, really.
Do you think she could be delirious?
Sorry, are you a good friend of hers, or...?
Besties for ages.
More like sisters.
She kind of depends on me.
Honestly, I don't know what's got into her.
Maybe it's the illness. She did seem weird on the way back.
Maybe she was coming down with something then.
Way back from where?
I've always looked out for India,
what with her not speaking to her parents any more.
Helped her when her ex turned violent.
Got her applying for uni, found her a place in halls.
I don't want some stupid row coming between us, Doctor.
-Of course not.
-We've always done everything together.
I don't know what's gone wrong.
Friendships can be complicated, can't they?
Look, tell me honestly.
Your face - is that anything to do with India's ex-boyfriend?
I mean, he's not back or anything?
Because I was one of the people that helped her
get into the refuge, so...
Will you ask if she'll see me, please?
I can ask.
Let me see how she's doing.
-Dr Haskey will be with you shortly.
Miss Pitman, the minutes you provided were excellent. Gold star.
Thank you, Mrs Tembe. It's certainly nice to be appreciated.
Mr Burton? James, do you want to...?
Is there anything else I can help you with, Mrs Tembe?
No, that will be all for now. Thank you.
Actually, perhaps you could write up the minutes
of the last few meetings - it would be very much appreciated.
Of course, Mrs Tembe.
I can't guarantee that she's well enough to see you,
even if she's willing.
Of course, Doctor.
She says she's feeling a bit better, so...
Oh, that's good.
Where did she go?
Who, that Caz?
Not sure how much of a friend she is,
India said she didn't want her anywhere near her.
-Right, OK. Thanks, Karen. I'll take it from here.
-I don't want to see her.
Caz isn't here, she's left.
-Are you sure?
What is it with you two?
It's nothing. Girl stuff.
Did you fall out when you were travelling together?
She said she thought you looked unwell when you were coming home.
It was her idea. I didn't want to go to Thailand.
Oh, India, if you've been to Thailand, with your symptoms,
I need to do a blood test, just as a precaution.
Honestly, there's no need.
I think I should take you to St Phil's.
No! No, you can't, really.
You can just take a blood test here, can't you?
If you're worried about Finley finding you,
I promise that won't happen, I'll make sure you're safe.
You can trust me.
Yeah? Good. Come on, let's go back upstairs.
The PPG meeting's going to get heated.
I see the broken toilet keeps getting shunted
to the bottom of the agenda.
I just didn't know minutes could be so fascinating.
You'd be surprised.
You've got the secrets of the practice there, Valerie.
Oh, I have, Dr Vere.
Mind you, my lips are sealed on the next one - patient complaints.
Hopefully that's only a brief item.
I couldn't possibly comment.
(Let's hope you're not on the naughty list.)
OK, India, this is just a routine blood test, all right.
All I'm doing is to check for possible causes of infection.
Nothing to worry about.
I'm going to test for hep B and hep C...
Were you taking malaria tablets?
OK. Luckily, Thailand is very low risk for malaria.
I'm sure I haven't got anything like that.
No, I'm sure you haven't, but it's just good to check.
Now, have you had your hep A vaccine?
Are you up to date with your tetanus?
I think so.
All right. Just a little scratch.
There, well done.
-It stuck in you?
It's OK, I'm sure I'm clear.
Dr Reid, I haven't...
Hold on, let me get someone.
It's Dr Reid, she needs some help in there.
-What is it?
-The needle, it's stuck in her.
Are you all right? Let's get you sat down.
She was always kind.
You put it in your mouth?
It was just a reflex. I didn't think.
The chances of contracting something are still pretty low.
Yes, I know that. But she's just come back from Thailand,
which is why I'm doing the blood tests.
Right, I'll get the test forms sorted, get you up to St Phil's
straight away, put your mind at rest.
-I need some help in here!
-She just collapsed.
India, can you hear me? Ambulance.
Hello, could we have an ambulance to campus surgery?
What did you say?
Yeah, a patient collapsed.
-Who's coming for you?
Yes, she's conscious and breathing, but she's drowsy and distracted.
A needlestick? How did she manage that?
I am not sure how it happened.
Unfortunately she put the injured finger into her mouth.
How absurd. Sucking her finger? She's had the training, hasn't she?
What is she, a grown woman or a toddler?
Dr Carmichael, the patient in question has collapsed -
she's been rushed to St Phil's.
So, can you cover at the campus?
A little empathy would not go amiss.
Dr Reid was very upset.
Of course, Mrs Tembe.
I do not need instructions on empathy.
If you know what's wrong with India, now's the time to say.
I don't. Honest.
They're going to find out at St Phil's.
Did she say anything to you?
Why are you asking?
I didn't mean for her to get sick.
Just because I don't sugar-coat it.
-I can do empathy as well as anyone else.
If not more so. Daniel!
Of course you can, sweetheart. Who said you couldn't?
-She implied it.
You're going to have to pick Joe up, by the way.
I've got to go over to the campus to cover for Emma,
some ridiculous needlestick injury.
Oh, no. Poor Emma.
You'd think she'd have more wherewithal than to...
Yes, you're right. I do hope she's all right.
You little beauty.
This is something for the camping trip - a little orienteering.
Yeah. There must be a Girl Guide badge for that.
Didn't you get yours?
We're going to be able to find
some fantastically challenging terrain with this.
Darling, this is a family camping trip,
not some Ray Mears survival course.
But I thought it would be a good idea to drop Joe
in the middle of the woods and give him this and the compass
and see how long it takes him to get back to the tent.
If you think I'll allow a five-year-old be left...
Hold on... That was humour, obviously.
We will all get lost together.
We will have some family bonding time
and some navigational skills to boot.
You're having second thoughts, aren't you?
-Don't be so ridiculous. I can't wait.
I can do that.
Why don't you get yourself a cuppa before Zara arrives?
I'd rather be busy.
Oh, Ayesha, I feel so stupid.
I can't even take a simple blood test without putting myself at risk.
Come on now.
India ran away from a violent boyfriend not long ago.
I'm worried he's back.
They were arguing about something when I came in.
We'll all have to be on our toes.
So, Valerie, am I really mentioned all that much?
Dr Vere, Mrs Tembe has entrusted me with this task,
I could hardly break confidentiality.
No, of course not. I was only wondering.
-Still, better to be talked about than not talked about.
Take it as a compliment.
If your name's mentioned once, it's mentioned a dozen times.
You are joking, aren't you, Valerie?
I couldn't possibly comment.
If you'd like to just come through. Thank you.
Why was her friend hiding?
I don't know, but she looked terrified as well.
-Where's Emma now?
Right, so when is it likely that there'll be more news?
I'm sure there's no need to panic.
So you'll let us know?
Yep, I'm bringing Dr Reid in now.
-India's no better.
They've taken bloods, so until the results,
malaria's still a possibility.
Malaria is easily treatable, isn't it?
Yes, it's hep C we need to worry about.
OK, well, I think that's everything.
See you in two weeks, Mrs Hawkins. Bye.
All they're saying is they are not ruling out hep B and C.
But it could be gastroenteritis, food poisoning.
-If it's malaria...
-I can't stop thinking about the laxatives,
and the fact she's just come back from Thailand.
I know, but let's not go there, no yet, not before we know.
Are you taking her to theatre?
Stay here, I'll find out what's going on.
They'll have to screen the girl too,
so it could be a while before there's any more news.
Dr Reid is very worried.
You're always going to imagine the worst possible outcome.
You'll keep us informed of any developments?
Yes, of course.
On a lighter note, Ruhma and I were wondering
if Charles and you would like to join us for a concert next time,
since the Casablanca evening was such a success.
That is a wonderful thought.
I cannot speak for Mr Gupta, but I myself would be delighted.
-(I thought it was just going to be us two.)
-They found a foreign body in her intestinal tract.
Look, even if she is a drugs mule, she's not necessarily a user.
It's pretty likely, though, isn't it?
Nothing's confirmed, we can't just assume...
What, that she might have HIV or hepatitis C?
She could have any number of things.
When can you come back?
When the blood tests are in.
The odds of needlestick infection are minimal.
I just wish I hadn't sucked my finger.
You sucked your finger? Why?
What are you doing here?
We need to talk.
A straightforward consultation ends up having life-changing consequences for Emma. Valerie manages to anger Emma, discomfit Al and make Sid even more paranoid, all in one day.