It's Peter's birthday and Paul's pressurising Duffy to leave nursing. Nicky Watson's unhappy boyfriend Steve, gives her a beating and Kelly tries to persuade her to leave him. Sarah, a young cyclist, injured in a road accident involving a lorry has to have an emergency amputation on her leg. There's emotional trauma for Kelly as she comes under pressure to give up nursing too. For career woman Stephanie Freeman there is little choice left. Two students smuggling heroin in by swallowing it and end up in casualty in a serious state and Julian is relishing his new role.
Casualty is the world's longest running and most successful medical drama series on television. It depicts the private and working lives of the patients, doctors, nurses and all others attending a small but frantically busy accident and emergency department of the large Holby General hospital. By mixing episodic plots with longer, character-based stories it ensures that we get to know the characters as people with lives, not just doctors or nurses. With consistently superb storylines and great acting, Casualty is compulsive viewing. The show began in 1986 and since then only one character remains; the one and only Charlie Fairhead played by Derek Thompson.