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We don't have to go yet.
Just want to allow plenty of time.
That's what I say.
I know. I'm the reason.
It's a new place.
Pretty sure I know where it is, but just in case.
I was thinking...back in the '90s,
everyone was talking about sick building syndrome.
-OK, deep breath. This isn't the '90s.
And don't forget - new building, but...?
Bang on, babe!
And I'll be there, too.
I will be brief as this is your lunch break. Mrs Hollins,
would you not like to take a seat?
-No, I'll stop here. Megan's expecting another patient.
Did you both read the e-mail I sent you about the vulnerable patients' assessment scheme?
Yeah, and I'm all for it, in theory.
Good. Miss Pitman, how do you feel about doing the assessments?
Now, when you say assessment...
You've had this morning's dose.
I needed to see, to know which ones I need.
Mum, she's an expert. She'll know what they are.
Do we have to go?
You need a repeat prescription.
I hardly slept last night. Earworm.
Everybody's Free To Feel Good.
I get that. Baby by Justin Bieber.
There's no tablet big enough to get that out of your head.
Can you get my scarf?
# Everybody's free to feel good
# Everybody's free to feel good. #
So I would be working to a checklist?
It will be more flexible than that, but, yes.
And then you supply a written evaluation to the doctor.
I just don't understand how I would have the skills to make that judgment call.
I mean, I know I'm intuitive, you do pick up things, but...
Well, you will get training.
They're not just going to let us loose with a clipboard and
a novelty nurse's outfit!
Perish the thought.
Miss Pitman, I think it would be good for us to be more proactive
to those patients in need.
To be honest, I am so excited about getting out from behind that desk
just once in a while.
-Oh, there we go.
Yeah, thank you, Mrs Hollins.
What? You still have reservations?
Well, it's the responsibility. I'm glad you think I have the skills
to do it, and I believe I do, too. It's just the pressure,
on top of our reception duties.
Right. Very well.
With just Mrs Hollins and myself, there will be more work to share
between us and, as we are getting a fee, there are compensations.
-Oh, yes. Yes, for each assessment.
-On top of our...your regular salary?
Well, I suppose, like you say, with training...
I do not want to put any pressure on you.
No, you're right, this is about vulnerable patients who need
extra special care and attention.
Well, I'm very glad that you see it that way.
And I'm sure it will go extremely well,
especially with someone as caring as Dr Vere spearheading the scheme.
Is it me or is it hot in here?
There's no air, I can't breathe. I'll wait outside.
You'll be called any second.
It's like a ghost town. Where is everybody?
Why is she staring at me? It's the scarf, isn't it?
Bad choice, let's go.
OK, focus on me. Now your breathing.
In through the nose, hold, and out through the mouth.
# Everybody's free to feel good
# Everybody's free... #
# To feel good. #
It's a new place. Why'd you have to change?
New place, same old me. Come through.
Hi, Suki, how's things?
Don't leave. Promise.
Not going anywhere.
I've just walked from St Phil's.
-The whole way?
Spring is in the air, and I'm keeping it in my step.
Something's got to change. I mean, I don't like change but...something.
Right. Tell me more about what's been going on.
Well, nothing. That's the thing. That CB...
Yeah, CBT - that doesn't work any more, and neither do the tablets.
-Are you sticking to the prescribed dosage?
I mean, I'd take more, I'd want to, but Suki talks me down.
I don't know how I'd manage without her. She's good with that mindfulness.
Well, that's part of the CBT. That's effective for you, then?
But I'm getting the anxiety thing almost every day.
This is the first time I've left the flat in a month.
And why do you think that is?
Just coming to a new place - it's a nightmare.
Why did you have to move? I liked the old place.
I can see why that might be difficult for you.
But I go where I'm wanted, and the Mill needs my experience.
I need it, too.
You still have it.
I want something stronger or more of what I'm taking now
because this place is further away for me and you're seeing more people now.
Debra, you're at a stage where, ideally, I'd like to see you
easing off the medication - you know, exploring coping mechanisms that are non-medicated.
-One thing to consider is a home treatment team.
They'll come see you regularly, assess where you might be struggling...
Assessment? What, like being assessed fit for work?
You hear about that. No, no, no, no, no, no! It's their way of cutting your benefits
or ending them. I've got a daughter!
Yeah, I know.
I can barely support us as it is.
You can't take my benefits!
OK, Mrs Brindley, well, mind how you go.
Thank you, thank you. Bye-bye, doctor.
Oh, yeah, she was the chatty kind.
-Needed someone to listen, more than anything.
-Well, there you go.
Just the kind of behaviour that shows you are the right man for the job.
-She's a vulnerable patient, the scheme -
Mrs Tembe's been briefing us.
Oh, right, she's been...
Yeah, well, telling us that you are the doctor that we're going to answer to,
which sort of makes you our boss.
Just as long as you don't check my spelling.
I wouldn't let that happen.
They just have to hit F7 and then spellchecker kicks in.
No(!) Well, I would never have known that(!)
Live and learn!
Can I just say that finding out that you're the doctor we're
working with is... Can we say clean page?
-Oh, well... It's not all of them.
I've been meaning to have a talk with Mrs Tembe.
Yeah, I wanted to tell her...
What a great team we'd be?
Yeah, yeah. Exactly.
Aw, don't you just want to give him a little cuddle?
No, cos that would be sexual harassment.
And calm, even breaths.
I don't like this room. I like the old one.
You said the colour of the walls made you feel like you were being smothered in a salad bowl.
I got used to it.
Come and sit down.
Now, when I say a home treatment team will assess you,
it has nothing to do with the DWP or benefits, all right?
This is purely for your health and wellbeing. That's pretty.
It's my box of delights. Suki's idea.
You said to create a calm space at home.
I've seen it.
That's my calm space that I can take with me.
I keep my tablets in it.
What a great idea.
And it helps, having this with you?
Sort of. Can I?
Now, I would like to see you coming off the medication at some point.
I don't think you're quite ready yet,
but we have to think of the long-term effects.
That would be a backward step.
We'll keep things as they are for now.
Doing this scheme will benefit us all in the long run.
We'll be using resources better...
I'm just a bit disappointed that you're going with the whole Tembe flow.
I mean, you even sound like her.
What about the rapid response thing?
That was all pie in the sky. I mean, you were right.
Can you really imagine me turning up to something like a car pile-up and then not panicking?
Nah. This is the right choice all round.
Really. I'm happy.
It's good that you've considered it from all angles.
And you're right. I mean, the VPAS is a challenge in itself.
It's pen-pushing! You're coasting.
You're not making waves.
No, I'm not. I'll be heading the team, for a start.
But what do YOU really want?
This is about you, not someone else's plan for you.
Will you sort my prescription, then?
-I could have done that on the way home.
-I had to get back.
You've still got a few days.
I like knowing they're here.
I've got a tutorial in half an hour.
-I missed the last one. It was really important. Course tutor said...
I'll drop by the pharmacist, see if they'll do a home delivery today.
I don't know what I'd do without you. Don't hang around after your studies.
Make yourself some chamomile. You did OK at the doctor's.
Do you know what these are?
Er... Looks like some kind of anti-inflammatory, maybe a multi-vitamin.
So not some generic brand of SSRI, then?
No. Is that what they're supposed to be?
For a patient with severe anxiety problems.
How are her symptoms?
She did claim they were getting worse and that she wants something stronger.
And you think she might have a point?
What did she say about this?
She doesn't know. I borrowed them.
She doesn't react well to change.
Do you think that a pharmacist could mix things up?
It's not impossible, but it's doubtful.
Yeah, that's what I thought. They check everything twice at the dispensing point, but...
I don't know. I don't think it's a one-off.
Financial gain's the only thing that I can think of, but I don't see it.
One pharmacist, X amount of patients not getting the right meds.
It's not worth the risk, in my opinion.
I suppose so. Thanks.
I think Emma's still at lunch. Do you want a coffee while you wait?
-Go on, then, seeing as it's you.
-Oh, no, Emma's on the patio.
-Oh, well, there you go. I'll let her know you're here.
-I'll do the coffee, then, shall I?
-No, you don't have to do that.
-It's no problem.
Oh! You and me are going to get on famously, boss.
Oh, yeah, that scheme I was telling you about. Back in a sec.
How do you take it?
-White and one, please. What, the vulnerable patients' scheme?
Yeah, we've been talking about that at work, as well.
-You know, I think there's going to be some crossover between us.
Giving the public extra support.
Well, personally, I think that we should just have more doctors out and about.
-It's all a matter of resources, though, isn't it,
taking the world over? Where do you spend your budget?
Not to mention the fact that you're not just a GP or a policeman.
You're a social worker, as well.
Cheers. Or a counsellor, or a surrogate parent.
Well, Karen's the one that'll be doing the initial assessment -
you know, seeing the patients.
Being nosy in an official capacity - wow, she'll lap it up!
I'll be making the decisions once she's done the leg work, though I did think...
Well, I was veering towards rapid response as a speciality.
You must come into contact with that, right?
I certainly do.
-Debra? It's Megan.
Just a quick question - I forgot to ask you when you were here.
Do you have a specific pharmacist you use for your prescriptions?
Suki usually deals with that. She sometimes gets them delivered. Why? Is there a problem?
-Will the prescription get filled? Have they stopped making them?
-Is that it?
-No, of course not.
You knew this might happen. That's why you were talking about me not taking them.
This is a trick!
Debra, it's not a trick. Is Suki there?
Can I speak to her?
No, she's at college. What have you done?
OK, I need you to focus on your breathing. Remember that exercise that I showed you?
Do that for me.
I'll be with you as soon as I can.
So it was you applying the pressure?
Oh, yeah. I was the only one with a spare pair of hands.
The paramedic said, "Put that on there."
I mean, I've done that lots of times, but there was
so much blood in the lay-by, I was amazed he had any left.
You see, I'd have tried to do all that by myself.
Why would you do that?
My neck on the line.
-Must be a real rush sometimes.
-What's got you all revved up?
Oh, Rob's just telling me some stories about when he's worked with the rapid response team.
Oh, my hero! Emma's just printing off your report.
Oh, OK. I was telling Sid about paramedic Gavin -
the Zorro of the M40. Nobody quicker with a cannula.
Was he the one with the dodgy eye? Kept winking?
No, that was Brian Bell.
You know, if you really are interested, I can put you in contact with someone.
That would be brilliant.
Yeah, maybe you could go out and shadow a crew.
Seeing everyone trying to save lives, all pitching in, not knowing what they're going to face...
Um, but I will have to focus on getting this VPAS stuff off the ground for now.
I mean, that's going to take up all my extra time.
Yeah, of course, but if you do decide....
Yeah. You know, if you want more background information about the police,
you could do a lot worse than talk to Emma.
Oh, nothing. We were just... sharing war stories.
Hi, are you delivering to flat 4?
I might be.
I'm the doctor that wrote the prescription,
if it's for Debra Stock.
Do you deliver here often? I mean, is it always you?
If she gets her prescription done at the same place, then, yeah, it'll be me.
And...sorry, I know this might sound a bit out there, but
-you count them out and then count them back in again?
You check the deliveries at the pharmacy, and then that's it, they go in the van?
Yeah, of course. What is this? Has someone complained about stuff going missing?
So there's no opportunity for, say, tampering?
Every delivery is stapled shut, prescription on the outside.
They're loaded in here, there's an inner cage that locks independent.
-Now, unless someone's made a complaint...
-..I've got a delivery to make.
-Oh, Mrs Tembe! I was wondering if I could have a word with you, if you've got a minute.
Maybe I could come and see you between patients?
Well, yes. Yes, of course, Dr Reid. Um, is there a problem?
Heads up, ladies.
In your office?
-OK, so there is a change of plan.
-You're doing the full marathon?
Hm! Only with you by my side. No, I'm going to walk to the supermarket.
-I need you to pick me up from there, OK?
-What could we possibly need?
The fridge is absolutely groaning!
Get something nice for tomorrow night.
For dinner with Mrs Tembe and JJ.
You have forgotten, haven't you?
Um, do we have to?
Yes! OK, think of it as another themed evening,
and you're playing the role of a gracious host, OK? So start practising.
I appreciate the escort. Not the nicest neighbourhood, is it?
I'm here to see my patient.
And I was only joking.
Dr Sharma. Thanks.
-She's my mum.
I should give it to her.
She can't come to the door right now.
Yeah, I spoke to her on the phone. How bad is she? I can vouch for her.
OK. One tamper-free package.
Thanks. This is the worst I've seen her in ages.
# Everybody's free to feel good. #
Focus on your breathing. Slow it down.
I can't get it to stop. I'm going to run out of tablets, and then what?
You're not going to run out of tablets. The pharmacy just delivered a refill. You'll be fine.
-I'll get some water.
-No, open the new supply.
They're the wrong ones! They're not right. They're the old ones.
Debra, look at me. This is the correct prescription.
When did they change in appearance?
I don't know. Suke?
-I don't remember. Think when I started using a different place to get them.
-How long's that been?
This new place - I usually get them delivered. You saw.
But not always. Depends where I go.
Right. Because there's something muddled about all this.
There's always some muddle where Mum's concerned.
KNOCK ON DOOR
-Now a good time?
-Er... Yes, yes, of course.
I take it you are unhappy about something?
It's the VPAS.
What? You think it is a bad idea?
No, I think it's a great idea.
Oh, well, good.
It's just, as practice lead in elderly care,
I'm a little annoyed that it was given to Sid and not me.
Dr Reid, it did not even occur to me. Let me reassure you...
Particularly as the elderly are going to be
a large percentage of the scheme's target group.
You make a valid point. And I will consider it.
Right. Well, I'll leave you to consider it, then.
How long have you felt the treatment hasn't been helping you?
She's always been a bit up and down.
Has it been worse since the change in tablets?
Well, she's better now, thanks to you.
Why are you doctoring your mother's medication?
-These are not any SSRI that I recognise.
And you're the only one that could be doing the swap.
This is rubbish! Why would I do that?
It's like you want her incapacitated and dependent on you, and I can't think why.
Oh, I don't know, cos you're wrong?
What are these? Something illegal?
She wouldn't do that, not my Suke.
I don't know how much of a risk there is in you taking them,
not to mention how long you've been off your prescribed medication.
Stop attacking us! You're meant to be helping.
Suki, I need to know.
Look at your mother. If you've interfered in her treatment, you're the cause of all this.
Tell her she's wrong. Oh, my God! I don't need this.
They're sugar pills! Only sugar.
You've been selling her antidepressants?
I don't get it. Why are you saying that?
To someone you think needs them more than your mother?
There's always someone out there who wants to take something to go up,
come down, numb their way through life.
-You did it all the time!
All your '90s house culture, Up All Night, Groove Is In The Heart,
-Es are good!
Why do you think she's so messed up now? Drugs!
Trashed her brain, wrecked her health, and who's been paying for it?
The daughter she gave a stupid name!
Suki's a beautiful name, like you.
I didn't feel beautiful, taking care of myself and you
since I could walk.
Dressed and fed myself, stayed at home on my own.
You were loved and free.
Free? To do what? Clean up your sick?
Put up with all the freaks you brought here that I had to
call Dad or Uncle, act all cool cos Debra's daughter had to be?
That's no reason to make things worse for both of you.
What do you know? I sell her tablets to put myself through college
so I can have a proper chance,
a decent life, get away from all this useless crap.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Come in. Oh, Dr Vere. Thank you for coming so quickly.
It's OK. It sounded urgent.
Please take a seat. It is about VPAS.
Oh, yeah, Karen and Valerie told me they're on board,
-said they're looking forward to working together.
It's just that Dr Reid has indicated that she is interested in heading up the scheme.
I know that you had set your heart on this being your development specialism,
-but I just wondered how you felt about stepping down.
I would completely understand if you wanted to continue, of course...
No, no, no! Emma is a senior member of staff and my landlady.
No, Dr Reid would not use that as leverage and, of course,
I would back you if you wanted to...
No, no, no, it makes sense.
I mean, she has got way more experience.
Yeah, it's only right it goes to her. It's a good decision.
I know you just want this to succeed.
And, once again, I apologise, and I commend you for seeing it this way.
How could you do this to me?
I didn't do it to you, I did it for me.
It's understandable, to put yourself first,
but there are long-term consequences for both of you.
It's all your mess, shoved onto my life, and I've been cleaning it up.
You don't even want to get better.
That's not true.
This is payback, far as I'm concerned.
I had no support from you when it counted so I took what I could.
-How could you?
Even now, it's still about her, always has been.
Selfish cow. You're a useless mother!
I hate that name!
I was a good mother, no matter what she says.
I'm not judging.
Will she come back? How will I cope?
Baby steps, Debra.
You're back on your proper medication, which will start acting soon.
I don't have my box of delights!
Maybe we should start looking at decreasing your dosage.
You have been managing without it.
I think we start seeing the positive in this -
look at how we move forward from this point.
I'm going to stay at a friend's.
For how long?
You know, what you did was dangerous for your mum,
but just as dangerous for anyone you sold the tablets to.
You're playing with people's lives, including your own.
And you risk making Debra more dependent on you,
which would be a bigger burden.
She won't be my problem much longer. I'll finish college,
get a job, get the hell out.
Will you tell the police about the tablets?
No, provided you stop selling.
And talk to Debra before making any more decisions.
I look at the future sometimes, and all I see is her,
clinging to me like some walking dead thing.
Making progress with your mum will give you more freedom,
I'm sure of it.
I don't want to end up like her.
I've seen too many people your age ground down by having this kind of responsibility.
You could do with a therapist of your own.
Would you see someone? For me, Suki?
Susan. I want to be Susan from now on.
Hiya, Rob? Yeah, it's Sid. You all right? That offer - does it still stand?
Yeah? Brilliant. No, cos, like you said, first-hand experience, all of that...
Dr Vere seems to be taking his change of circumstances very well.
Well, young people tend to bounce back very quickly, Mrs Tembe.
I know what you did.
I don't know what you're talking about.
I mean, tonight is your chance to find out about JJ.
So are you done for the night?
-That's a shame.
I was going to ask if you wanted to go for a drink.
It looks delicious.
You could sell that recipe for a small fortune.
Well, the recipe for this is safely ensconced in a bank vault,
away from thieving...hands.