Next Episode of Junior Doctors is
Season 4 / Episode 5 and airs on 22 November 2017 10:00
Documentary series following newly-qualified medics as they start working on hospital wards for the first time.
In the first episode of series four of this multi award-winning programme, viewers meet three newly-qualified junior doctors beginning work at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton.
Viewers will go behind the scenes for an insight into the daily life of the junior doctors, including how they prepare for their shifts and how they unwind when they are not working.
Despite being first year Junior Doctor Anna's birthday there's no time for celebrations as she starts a busy day on the respiratory ward. Anna arrives at the hospital to find an elderly patient, who has been under her care, has taken a dramatic turn in health. At the end of the gruelling 12 hour shift she heads home to Wales to spend her birthday with her family leaving Anna wondering if her patient will make a recovery when she returns.
Over on obstetrics and gynaecology Osama seeks advice from some fellow, more experienced obs and gynae staff as to what he can expect ahead of his first C-section delivery. The following day Osama arrives on shift early to prep for his big day. After a successful delivery, Osama wastes no time calling his Mum – also a gynaecologist to tell her the news. On a natural high from a successful day in surgery, Osama meets up with fellow Junior Doctor Emeka for a game of basketball to let off some steam.
Meanwhile in the emergency department, self-confessed perfectionist and second year Junior Doctor Jin Ha is asked by Senior Consultant Mr Manacatu to assist with a procedure he is unfamiliar with. Keen to learn, Jin promptly agrees to help however at the last minute, Mr Manacatu is called away leaving a nervous Jin to deal with the patient without the supervision and guidance of a senior consultant.
In this episode we see all the junior doctors learn something new, with Jo taking on her first leg fracture pull. Confident Emeka is experiencing nerves for the first time and wants to impress his senior consultant as he assists him in surgery on a patient with stomach cancer. Jess learns the hard way that night shifts bring a lot of responsibilities when she is left alone to deal with a 90-year-old woman who is struggling to breathe, while Jin Ha treats a homeless man.
The junior doctors enjoy a day of team bonding when they head to a group challenge where you have to get out of a locked room by solving puzzles. Afterwards they have lunch in Wolverhampton, where they ponder their careers so far.
It's payday the first since the government changed junior doctors' wages and working hours, and the pressures of working as junior doctors in the NHS are starting to show.
In the ED, newlywed Omar treats a bride who's had a fall on her big day. Nervous first year Anna experiences how to deliver bad news on the respiratory ward. Jin struggles through some medical problems of his own during a busy ED shift, and helps with a cardiac arrest. And Jo spends an exciting day in surgery, helping to remove a tennis ball sized growth from a patient's elbow.
First-year Osama faces his fear of private parts when he assists with vaginal surgery, Emeka deals with a patient who collapses on the ward with severe stomach pain, and Jo is tested on a night shift when a patient goes into peri-arrest.
The Junior Doctors are several weeks into their placements at New Cross Hospital and are finding that life outside of work is just as important as work itself.
When they're not juggling their busy schedules they are finding themselves more at ease with their own decisions at work whilst not being afraid to ask for help from their seniors when they feel they need to.
Second year junior doctor Jo shows how far she has come with her patient skills when she is called to treat a one month old baby with a badly swollen toe. The baby's mum is understandably distressed and Jo displays a great deal of maturity and understanding by reassuring the baby's mother. Jo's diagnosis of treatment for the baby's toe is correct, building up her confidence as a Doctor.
As the confidence of others soars, Jin's takes a knock on his first night shift in the emergency department. Jin needs to cannulate a patient - which involves putting a needle in a vein - who has been admitted with chest pains. Jin makes several attempts before admitting defeat and has to sheepishly ask Senior Doctor Rahul for help. Despite this, Jin acknowledges that in any career you have your good days and your bad.
Jess finds herself carrying out a rectal examination on a patient who has a suspected obstruction in his back passage. He has had a relapse of lymphoma blood cancer and is about to have treatment to help. His obstruction proves to be non-critical and thankfully the treatment can go ahead.
In between training for an upcoming Triathlon, have-a-go Jo realises that sometimes Doctors need a Doctor when she finds herself in the role of patient. Jo has a small operation performed on her when she asks a colleague to remove a cyst from her head.
Getting ahead in the competitive world of medicine takes its toll on the junior doctors.
Jin struggles with criticism from a senior colleague and Osama stays late to get experience he'll need to be a surgeon. Anna finds out whether she's passed the year.
The seven newly-qualified junior doctors come to the end of their placements.
Emeka gets involved in a dispute over the hospital's dress code and finds out if he has passed into next year. Jo gets involved in her most gory and complicated surgery so far. Anna spends the day teaching a medical student and Jess helps a patient with a dangerously high heart rate.
Finally, the junior doctors gather for dinner to celebrate their successes.
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