Serena attending Ric Griffin's trial
So here we are the start of the trial that could change Ric Griffin's life forever. We are going to find out the truth about what happened to Elaine Warren.
"At 9am on 2nd October 2017 Elaine Elizabeth Warren was admitted to the Acute Admissions Unit at Holby City Hospital. Miss Warren had been referred complaining of severe pain and numbness in her right leg, symptoms consistent with Miss Warren's medical history of type 2 diabetes. While Miss Warren's condition was serious it was in no way life threatening. Miss Warren was in the best possible place to receive the best possible care. She did not receive it".
"Now this trial is about a man, an expert in his field who failed his duty of care. A consultant surgeon and clinical lead who's poor leadership, lack of communication and arrogance contributed to a series of basic errors. A man who was distracted and out of his depth and who's abscence from his ward was to have catastrophic consequences".
"On 3rd October at 2.15am Elaine Warren died, as a result of complications from sepsis. Undiagnosed, untreated, until too late. Now we will show that not only was Elaine Warren's death entirely avoidable but that it was criminal, the result of a series of mistakes and missed opportunities by the defendant Mr Eric Griffin that amount to gross negligence. That amount to manslaughter".
Ric's day had not started well, he had received a letter from his daughter Jess, letting him know that she was going back to her abusive husband. Ric did not react well to this and called her. He made his feelings known and then as the day went on he started to feel more and more regret for doing this. He tried calling her back but she did not answer and eventually she text him back and told him not to call her number again. Donna had gone into the office to ask for his input on the Elaine Warren case. He didn't seem that interested but did go and do a doplar test on Elaine's leg. Ultimately it led to her being taken into surgery to have her leg amputated because she had developed sepsis. This did not make any difference to the outcome because the sepsis was advanced and led to her tragic death.
At this point I will not give anymore information about the trial as it is best watched, but what I will say is that Henrik giving evidence was a pure pleasure to see. He was open and honest about Ric's character, but will it be enough?????
Ollie decides that he has had enough of being in hospital and will do whatever it takes to get himself discharged. So when he says he needs to go the toilet Roxanna sets him the task of going to Darwin to do this. He struggles to walk up the stairs and is met by Frieda with a wheelchair. He goes to his locker and opens it to find two theatre tickets in there which he has no clue about. Ollie gets back to Keeler, via the lift, just as Roxanna comes back and she agrees that he can leave the hospital. Of course this was never going to run smoothly and he is bought back in with a gash to the head later in the afternoon. Ollie thinks that because he works at the hospital he can tell everyone what he wants to do but in reality we all know that would not happen. Personally I think they are concentrating far too much on the Ollie storyline and its time to move on to something else. As for Roxanna she really just annoys me and I cannot put my finger on why yet!!!!!
Serena informs Jac that she has given her a month off because she has so much holiday saved up. Jac looks totally unimpressed with this and throws the paperwork away when she gets to the ward. Her friend Becky is back on the ward after suffering a set back, her surgery is not due for months. She keeps hinting at Jac about her and Fletch. We all know that this is going to happen but how much longer are we going to have to wait. Fletch asks Jac out for a drink/date which makes Jac panic. She goes to her office to find Fletch sitting there drinking from a mug which he then drops all over the floor because she scares him by speaking to him. They end up kneeling on the floor and looking into each other's eyes. Later in the day Frieda finds Jac laying on the floor as her pain is getting to her again. She wants Frieda to give her another pain relieving injection but she refuses. Frieda wants her to get help and says that if she doesn't she will tell Fletch. Just as Jac is going into theatre Fletch and Frieda come through the door and Jac realises that Fletch now knows what is going on. He hugs her and tells her they need to talk. So we will have to wait and see if that conversation ever takes place. Jac and Fletch deserve some happiness after all they distress they have had in their lives. I really hope the Holby scriptwriters agree.
So we come to the end of Part 1 with the most important question of all yet to be answered "What will the outcome be for Ric Griffin?"