Doctors script
Doctors  Season #18 Episode #A Suitable Alternative (2000)
Synopsis: Doctors is a British medical soap opera which first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 26 March 2000. Set in the fictional Midlands town of Letherbridge, defined [in the programme] as being in the city of Birmingham, the soap follows the lives of the staff of both a Doctor's surgery and University Campus Surgery as well as their families and friends.

RANA:

Right…

ROB:

And believe me, I’ve tried them all.

RANA:

(STUDYING HIS NOTES) You’re not using the Prednisolone any more?

ROB:

The steroids? No – Consultant told me there was a risk of osteoporosis

bones falling to bits…

RANA:

Er, yes, I do know what osteoporosis is.

ROB:

They’d stopped working anyway.

RANA:

You’re with Professor Spalding?

ROB:

Yes. For all the good it does me.

RANA:

Hmmm. Did you discuss the possibility of Beta-Interferon? I believe he’s

been getting some quite good results with some patients.

ROB:

Not eligible. Wrong postcode.

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RANA:

OK. And how can I help?

[ROB AND JANICE LOOK AT EACH OTHER]

ROB:

I’ve heard you’re into some of these alternative treatments. I mean, I’ve

tried a few things in my time. Acupuncture, reflexology, hyperbaric

oxygen… all useless.

RANA:

Well, some MS patients respond favourably to those therapies.

ROB:

I don’t. And I get these pains in my leg. Spasms, you know.

RANA:

Yes, that’s not uncommon.

ROB:

Dr McGuire put me on paracetamol, but I can’t take those all day. I

want to try something else.

RANA:

There’s a variety of painkillers we can look at…

ROB:

Cannabis. I want to try cannabis.

RANA:

OK. Now of course I can’t prescribe cannabis…

ROB:

That’s what Dr McGuire said.

RANA:

You’ve discussed it with him?

ROB:

Yes. He was dead against it.

RANA:

Hmmm.

ROB:

A mate of mine with MS, he uses it – grows his own – and he says it’s

fantastic. He never gets the muscle pains any more. He’s an ex copper

too…

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[HE LOOKS TO RANA FOR A RESPONSE, BUT RANA

REMAINS IMPASSIVE]

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Chris Murray

Chris Murray is a scriptwriter. He created police drama Merseybeat and Doctors and has written for television shows such as', Casualty' Peak Practice, The Bill, Holby City, Waterloo Road and Wild at Heart "Lewis". He was part of the regular writing team on Holby City, 2007–2011, scripting 12 episodes. He enjoys Christmas pudding. more…

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