It was the coldest of cold nights on a frosty December night when Ruth hopped off the bus opposite Holby General Hospital for her first shift as an F2, when she bumped into someone. “Watch it,” she snapped as she dropped her notepad and pens on the floor. “Sorry love,” he said as he bent down and tried to help her. “It’s alright, I don’t need help I can do it,” Ruth said as she started to put them back in her bad in an order. “Feisty ain’t you?” he said laughing as he walked off towards the hospital.
“Jay about time,” Noel said as he looked at him laughing, “Tess is on the warpath.” Jay rolled his eyes. “When isn’t she on the warpath,” Jay said sighing, “Stupid car broke down this morning, and then I bumped into this girl…” “Oh aye,” Lenny said laughing, “I bet you did, bump and grind did we?” Jay laughed. “No getting off the bus you idiot, everything is sex isn’t it with you?” Jay asked laughing as he looked at him. “Jay, thank you for gracing us with your presence this morning, when you’re quite finished discussing your sex life, there’s a patient waiting for you in cubicle four,” Tess said looking at him sternly. “Yes Tess, sorry Tess,” Jay said as he looked at her and smiled as he walked off towards cubicle four as Noel and Lenny looked at each other burst into laughter.
“Why do I have to look after the F2’s” Zoe said as she walked in with a cup of coffee and smelling of cigarettes like she did every morning. “Because I trust you and Adam will do the best job,” Nick said as he laughed at her. “You know I hate babying people,” Zoe said seriously, “I mean following people around isn’t my style.” Nick laughed. “They aren’t babies, there grownups Zoe, besides you were one once,” Nick said laughing. “An F2 or a baby?” Zoe said looking at him. “Both,” he said as he walked into his office laughing. “Sooner Maggie gets back from her honeymoon the better,” Zoe muttered under her breath as she walked towards reception.
“So your mentor’s will be Dr Hanna & Dr Trueman,” Nick said as he led the new F2’s round the hospital. “Won’t you be mentoring us too?” Ruth asked as she scribbled down notes as fast as she could walk and write. “Not today Miss Winters, but Dr Hanna & Dr Trueman are one of the best drs in the hospital, you will learn a lot from them,” Nick said smiling at her, “Tess, these are our F2’s this is our senior nurse along with Charlie. “Hello,” Tess said smiling at them as Jay came out the cubicle and winked at Ruth. Ruth looked away furiously. “You know him?” Toby asked as he looked at Ruth out of the corner of his eye. “No,” Ruth said as she frowned at him. “So shall we begin?” Nick asked as he saw Zoe come out of the staff room. “Ready Dr Hanna?” Nick asked as he smiled smugly at her. “Oh yes Dr Jordan,” Zoe said sarcastically.
“Do you have to ask so many questions?” Toby asked Ruth as Zoe explained what she was doing to do a patient. “What? I am trying to learn Toby, you don’t learn things by not asking questions,” Ruth said to him as she carried on writing notes. “But you know this Ruth,” Toby said seriously looking at her. “Yeah well I am making sure, so shut up will you,” Ruth said as she looked at him furiously. “Jay can you get onto surgery please for me,” Zoe said as she looked at Jay smiling. “Coming up Dr Hanna,” Jay said as he walked out whistling as he winked at her. Ruth rolled her eyes at him. “Moron,” she whispered as she looked at the stat machine and took notes. “Don’t worry about Jay, he just likes a flirt,” Zoe said as she looked at her. “Yeah well he can flirt elsewhere,” Ruth said seriously as she looked at Zoe. She smiled at her. “Girl’s say that at first about our Jay but they soon give in,” Zoe said laughing. “Not this girl,” Ruth said seriously. Zoe nodded her head. “So this afternoon will we be able to treat some people?” Toby asked as he looked at Zoe. “Yep that’s what doctors do,” Zoe said as she looked at him. “How we getting on here,” Nick said as he waltzed in. “Just great,” Zoe said doing her fake smile at him.
“See the girl with the red hair,” Jay said as stood by reception with Lenny and Noel. “Yeah,” they say in unison as Big Mac joins them. “That’s the girl I bumped into this morning,” Jay said smiling. “The bump and grind on the bus,” Lenny said laughing. Jay laughed. “I haven’t given her the prince charming treatment yet, but I will,” Jay said laughing. “In your dreams,” Zoe said laughing as she grabbed another coffee from the machine, “she thinks you’re a moron.” Lenny and Noel burst out laughing. “I bet you £50 pounds she will be putty in my hands by the end of the week,” Jay said laughing as he looked at them. “You’re on,” Lenny said as he walked off laughing. “Easiest 50 quid I will make,” Zoe said as she walked off, “if Nick asks I am doing something important.” With that she walks off waving a box of cigarettes at them.
“The lovebirds are back,” Zoe said as she hid her cigarettes behind her back as Charlie and Maggie walked into A&E. “Not going out for a crafty fag were you?” Maggie asked as she looked at her seriously. “Me of course not,” Zoe said as she smiled at her cheekily, “how was the honeymoon?” Charlie rolled his eyes. “You know this one, wouldn’t relax for a second,” Charlie said as he hugged Tess. “Get in there Charlie boy,” Jay said laughing. “So the F2’s?” Maggie asked Zoe as she walked back into recess. “So glad your back, you know I hate babysitting,” Zoe said sighing, “I swear Nick does it on purpose.” Maggie laughed loudly. “I think he likes you,” Maggie said as she picked up some notes. “Oh please, Nick Jordan only likes himself,” Zoe said as she threw her coffee in the bin.