Getting On: Dr Pippa Moore's Casebook
Welcome to Ward B4, a backwater in an NHS Trust Hospital. This is the world of slips, trips and hips, this is healthcare at its least glamorous. Getting On forms part of the Grey Expectations season of programmes dedicated to understanding life's twilight years on BBC 4. Ahead of the first episode that goes out tonight Doctor Pippa Moore has given us an insight into her daily routine....
Dr Pippa Moore - Consultant Gerontologist - King Edward VIII Foundation Hospital Trust
Time Management Task/Activity Schedule. July 8th 2009
5.30 am. Running late - only time for a 'tart's wash'.
7.30 am. Look for red zone parking space at Ted's.
8.30 am. For the love of God....
9.00 am. Find a blue zone space, which will have to do.
9.30 am. On to B4 for Ward Round. Troublesome liver with renal complications in Bed 6. Mr Harvey has over-ridden my beds allocation and has nosed one of his Angina's into bed 7 - I could spit. Have a pressing 18 weeker which I'm desperate to sign off. Will have to have a chat with the patient's GP, as luck would have it a fellow badminton player. We might be able to fudge it. Ward Sister Den Flixter rather offhand. Seems to have some private joke with the new return to practice nurse, Kim Wilde. Another comfort eater by the look of it.
12.35 am. Decide to cut out the middle man and make a call to Howard Gibson C.B.E. Chief Exec of Teds, to make a complaint. Who's palm is Harvey greasing? His PA books in a telephone appointment for a week on Friday. Interrupted by call waiting - it's Phillip - Air Traffic Control have grounded him in Phuket for another 24 hours. Says not to worry he won't be bored- he's got the latest Robert Harris page turner, and I made him promise not to go back to the bar where that woman shoots coy carp out of her vulva.
3.00 pm. Forgot to have lunch. Oh well too late now. Head to multi disciplinary team meeting. Tedious beyond belief. Have run in with the social worker. Honestly. What my son might call a 'waste man'. Where do they find these people?
6.00 pm. Just finished my private Dementia Clinic. Treating the former head of MI6 - tragic wastage of a brilliant mind. Looking into Stem Cell Therapy options as last resort.
7.00 pm Car park. Can't leave the red zone. Barrier won't open due to wrong pass and ticket now expired. Traffic Enforcement Operative is on his tea break. Back in 25 minutes. Listen to The Archers whilst munching a packet of pumpkin seeds. I'm going to miss helping my daughter finger Little Jack Horner on the piano. Oh well, something's got to give.
And here's a brief candid interview with Dr Pippa Moore as she takes five minutes out from her shift