Robyn Miller (Amanda Henderson) died during tonight’s Casualty after being involved in a catastrophic car crash.
The beloved character had made plans with partner Paul (Paul Popplewell) to move to Wigan and start a new life together with her daughter Charlotte, but unfortunately Robyn didn’t get her happy ending.
Before the credits rolled last week, we saw Robyn bleeding and upside down in her car.
Prior to this, Jan (Di Botcher) was in the middle of arguing with Jacob (Charles Venn), who had made the decision to not admit anymore critical patients due to how busy the ED had become.
This meant Jan and Sah (Arin Smethurst) couldn’t offload a patient from their ambulance and respond to the call.
Because of Jacob’s choice, Sah and Teddy (Milo Clarke) were last on scene, creating further panic as they rushed Robyn into the ambulance and drove back to Holby ED.
It was all hands on deck as the team desperately tried to save Robyn’s life, and we were even treated to the return of Holby City’s Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett), who entered resus telling Robyn that the operation she needed was his bread and butter, he was confident that he could save his friend.
Sadly though, that wasn’t the case.
With staff from the main hospital wards stretched and unable to assist, it was up to Max (Nigel Harman), Dylan (William Beck), Sacha and David (Jason Durr) to operate on Robyn in theatre, but complications meant there was no chance she could survive.
The initial aftermath of Robyn’s death was tense and emotional. This was a nurse who had become friends with everyone so of course, the staff were devastated.
However, another emotion running through everybody’s veins was most certainly anger. The nurses of the hospital were angry at Jacob for making those tough decisions as ultimately, if he didn’t, the outcome of Robyn’s crash could’ve been completely different.
But also, the underlying theme of this week’s (March 18) instalment was highlighting how damaged the NHS has become. The staff were trying their best to tend to absolutely everyone in the ED, but mistakes were made again. However, they only happened as a result of the place being ‘broken’ and the high-powered people only finding ‘the money when they want to’.
A patient had a stroke on a trolley in the corridor while waiting to be seen, a young boy was left waiting for hours for a piece of equipment to aid his long-term condition, and a woman was left in shock after an overworked and busy Rash (Neet Mohan) told her she had cancer but couldn’t give her enough support as he was needed elsewhere.
A damaged system but has it only happened through ‘choice’, as Marty (Shaheen Jafargholi) said?
And if that is the case, the show poses the question of how many more Robyns and nurses walking out it will take for someone to make another ‘choice’ that ends up having a positive impact, rather than allowing the NHS to face deeper crisis?
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