SERIES 9 EPISODE
6 ONCE TOO OFTEN
Tom leaves a message
on Joanna’s phone saying he hasn’t heard from her since the reunion. He says it
would be great to talk to her and even better to see her.
arrives late for a meeting with Richard and other G.P’s in the community. After
the meeting Joanna has dinner with fellow G.P and friend Yvonne Marshall.
Joanna mentions that one of Yvonne’s ex patients, Christine Lynch, has
registered with her at The Beeches. Joanna says during an internal
investigation she noticed a lump and has sent Christine for an ultrasound.
Yvonne says Christine never turned up for smear tests and when she did she was
always slightly erratic.
Joanna leaves, Yvonne calls her receptionist and asks where Christine's notes
are. The receptionist says they have already been sent to The Beeches.
Christine visits Joanna for her test results. Joanna tells her she has found a
lump on her uterus and because of the size and position of it she is going to
need a hysterectomy.
listens to Tom’s message again and picks up the phone to call him. However she
hangs up before he can answer the phone.
asks Yvonne to come to The Beeches. She tells her that Christine will be
infertile and that her notes show no signs of any previous smear, internal
examinations etc. Christine’s fiancé arrives at The Beeches and causes a fight
with Yvonne who is in reception. Yvonne doesn't fight back and collapses. Joanna
rushes to her aid and finds from the contents of her bag that she’s been taking
tells Joanna she has to talk to Yvonne and find the route of the problem as she
is obviously not functioning properly.
tells Yvonne she is worried about the patients in her care. Yvonne tells Joanna
the morphine is for a back problem but later admits to Joanna that she has a drug problem. Joanna tells her she must stop practising. Yvonne asks Joanna for
her help in beating the drugs and standing by her. Joanna says no.
tells Joanna she must report Yvonne to the medical authority. Sam says that herself
prescribing is illegal and that she needs to be reported.
Joanna shows Christine her medical notes. Christine
realises that Yvonne should’ve spotted her problem and tells Joanna she wants
Yvonne struck off. Joanna tells Christine she does have a case if she wishes to
report Yvonne to the General Medical Council.
visits Yvonne but finds a note on the surgery door saying that surgery is
closed. She finds Yvonne in her house and tells her that Christine is going to
report her. Yvonne says she doesn't want to burden Joanna with the case and says
she’ll phone the GMC herself. Yvonne collapses again and asks Joanna to leave
her there. Joanna calls an ambulance.
comes into Joanna’s office and sees a pregnancy test on Joanna’s desk. Joanna
asks Carol how important having children was to her. Carol says she couldn’t
imagine her life without them. Carol asks if Joanna would like her to do the
pregnancy test for her, Joanna says yes. As Carol waits for the test result,
Joanna says when she thinks of all the lecture she’s given to teenagers on
unprotected sex she feels so irresponsible. She says she wonders what the
teenagers would think of her now. Carol shows Joanna the pregnancy test – it’s
positive – Joanna is pregnant.
JOANNA: Am I?
CAROL: You are. But I think you knew that