Vital Signs

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0120000626

Sheila Mcclennon reassesses the work of well-known Scottish writer Jessie Kesson.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (1/10).

01Monday19990913

Carol Weaver, chief executive of the NIGHTINGALE NHS Trust, balances a difficult home life with complex issues of millennium planning.

Diane in neonatal is complaining about the lack of resources.

John has something to tell her.

With Rachel Davies, Gillian Hanna and Derek Walmsley.

Director Kate Rowland

0220000627

With Sheila Mcclennon and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (2/10).

02Tuesday19990914

Local MP Matthew Evans is on a routine walkabout with a message from his constituents.

Carol has more important priorities to deal with.

0320000628

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (3/10).

03Wednesday19990915

Carol has to deal with Dr Roach's request for a cath-lab.

A surprise call from 70-year-old Albert puts it all into perspective.

With Rachel Davies, Gillian Hanna and Derek Walmsley.

Director Kate Rowland

0420000629

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (4/10).

04Thursday19990916

A difficult union meeting dealing with millennium pay is followed by the first official complaint in the Ruddle case.

With Rachel Davies, Gillian Hanna and Derek Walmsley.

Director Kate Rowland

0520000630

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (5/10).

05Friday19990917

The medical director and Carol begin the investigation into the death of the Ruddle baby.

With Rachel Davies, Gillian Hanna and Derek Walmsley.

Director Kate Rowland

0620000703

With Sheila Mcclennon and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (6/10).

06Monday19990920

Carol learns that one of her consultants has been lobbying the chairman of the board regarding a bid for a new cath-lab.

She is furious.

With Rachel Davies, Gillian Hanna and Keith Drinkel.

Director Kate Rowland

0720000704

With Sheila Mcclennon and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (7/10).

07Tuesday19990921

Diane is critical of Carol's support for the neonatal bid for extra equipment - and in light of the death of the Ruddle baby is particularly disappointed.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Kate Rowland

0820000705

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (8/10).

08Wednesday19990922

Carol finds it increasingly difficult to get the balance right between home life and work.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Kate Rowland

0920000706

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (9/10).

09Thursday19990923

Carol and the director of nursing review a complaint about an agency nurse which highlights the problems of staff shortages.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Kate Rowland (9/20).

1020000707

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Sarah Phelps (10/10).

10Friday19990924

The hospital carries out a Major Incident Test to try out their procedures in dealing with an emergency in readiness for the millennium.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Kate Rowland

11Monday19990927

Carol is in the firing line at home and at work.

All is not well with the medical unit, and a journalist asks some tricky questions.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift

12Tuesday19990928

The Ruddles visit the hospital to pursue their complaint.

Tensions are running high now that the case has hit the headlines.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift

13Wednesday19990929

The NIGHTINGALE has some unusual visitors.

Carol gives her PA a helping hand, and Ed offers a sympathetic ear.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift (13/20).

14Thursday19990930

Carol gets to the bottom of a problem at home but back at the NIGHTINGALE, answers are harder to come by.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift

15Friday19991001

The director of nursing is spoiling for a fight.

The `Brief Lives' memorial for children who have died at the hospital gives Carol food for thought.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift

1619991004

To mark the start of National Poetry Week, editor Daisy Goodwin joins Martha Kearney to share her collection of 101 poems that could save your life.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Peter Straughan (16/20).

/ By Peter Straughan.

Monday.

Another damning press article forces Carol to take decisive action.

Stephen brings unsettling news, and Finn returns, keen to start afresh.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift (16/20).

1719991005

Martha Kearney with the latest news, views and culture from a female perspective.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Peter Straughan (17/20).

/ By Peter Straughan.

Tuesday.

The inquiry into the Ruddles case prompts some frank discussion.

Tempers reach boiling point in A & E.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift (17/20).

1819991006

Jenni Murray with the latest news, views and culture from a female perspective.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Peter Straughan (18/20).

/ By Peter Straughan.

Wednesday.

Carol and the chairman have to consider the safety of the staff.

Finn has arranged a surprise, and Sean demands a meeting.

With Rachel Davies and Gillian Hanna.

Director Toby Swift (18/20).

1919991007

Jenni Murray hosts lively interviews and discussions, taking a woman's point of view.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Peter Straughan (19/20).

/ By Peter Straughan.

Thursday.

Mr Kristoff takes matters into his own hands.

Carol delivers an ultimatum but gets more than she bargained for.

Wit.

2019991008

Jenni Murray with news, culture and discussions from a woman's perspective.

Drama: `Vital Signs' by Peter Straughan (final part).