The District Nurse

Following a team of nurses in inner city Birmingham, caring for frail, sick and dying patients in their homes.



A 65 year old terminally ill cancer patient has asked to be discharged from his hospice. He wants to die at home. The nurses' task is to make the last few weeks of his life as comfortable as possible, but this means administering powerful pain-killing drugs - a problem since the Harold Shipman case.

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Frank Stitch is 94 years old, proud, demanding and frail. He relies almost entirely on his weekly visits from community nurse Lisa Rowe. She scolds him for sitting too close to his fire and burning his legs, fetches him milk and even washes his underwear. And she tries to find out why other agencies are failing to provide the support he's entitled to.