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NHS doctor explains how he puts emotions aside to do his job

NHS doctor explains he makes himself hide his emotions after comforting a woman whose husband of 30 years nearly died from a cardiac arrest – saying patients need him to be a ‘rock’

  • Paul, 60, from Yorkshire, rushed to hospital’s A&E after suffering a cardiac arrest
  • Dr Sebastian Peter is leading Paul’s treatment and has to reassure his wife, friend
  • Paul is fragile and team needs to make sure he doesn’t go through second arrest
  • Casualty 24/7 airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on Channel 5  

An NHS doctor has revealed how he manages to hide his emotions while trying to discuss life and death scenarios with patients’ loved ones. 

Dr Sebastian Peter is featured in this week’s episode of Casualty 24/7, which follows the daily challenges faced by the staff of Barnsley Hospital in Yorkshire.

He’s seen treating Paul, 60, who suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed while having breakfast with his wife, but was revived thanks to CPR in the ambulance on the way to hospital.  

His wive Yvonne is understandably distressed, and Dr Peter does his best to comfort her as she tells him, ‘we’ve just been married 30 years’. 

‘I don’t think the family or Paul were realising how close he was to dying,’ he explains later, as it’s revealed that Paul has made a full recovery.  

‘We all do get emotional, I think it’s part of our professionalism to hide that as best as we can, especially when we’re in front of the patients and their families,’ he later tells the camera.  

‘They need us to be a rock, not someone who breaks down.’

NHS Doctor Sebastian Peter (pictured) leads the treatment of Paul, 60, who collapsed while having breakfast with his wife 

Dr Peter (pictured with Paul) tells the camera that he has to keep his calm during interactions with patients

‘The patients’ relatives do show a lot of resilience and a lot of strength when they’re dealing with a family member that requires urgent immediate treatment to save their lives.’ 

Yvonne also has her friend and neighbour Beatrice for moral support, as Paul is hooked up to a machine. 

‘Looks like you’ve had a cardiac arrest and your heart stopped beating,’ a doctor explains to Paul, during a moment of clarity after he’s been admitted to the A&E. 

‘We need to find out why this has happened.’

Paul is weakened by the incident and has to undergo several exams in order to find out what caused his cardiac arrest. 

Meanwhile, Advanced Nurse Practitioner Cheryl helps Barbra, 90, recover from a bad injury after a fall 

Cheryl says she likes taking care of older patients, has they are great conversationalists. She adds that some of them don’t come to the hospital because they are afraid of bothering the staff

Dr Peter comes in to lead Paul’s treatment. On top of caring for the sixty-year old, he also has to explain the situation and reassure Paul’s wife, Yvonne, who’s sitting in the room.  

‘At the moment he is stable, which is good,’ he tells her. 

‘We’ve just been married 30 years,’ Yvonne says. 

Both Yvonne and Beatrice manage to stay calm as Paul waits for further tests.

Paul (pictured) suffered a cardiac arrest and was revived thanks to CPR in the ambulance on his way to the hospital

Paul’s wife Yvonne stays by his side during the whole ordeal. The couple have been married for 20 years 

Paul is in a great deal of pain, and during an exam he informs his doctors that his chest and stomach hurt. And Dr Sebastian explains there are grounds to be worried about. 

‘Patients that have had a cardiac arrest are in a very fragile state,’ Dr Sebastian explains, ‘they’re quite unstable and can have [another arrest] at any moment. So our main focus is to prevent them.’

An X-ray is ordered in order to investigate Paul’s stomach pains, but they show no broken ribs. 

As Paul awaits further exams, Yvonne and their neighbour Beatrice (background left) stay with him

Dr Sadiki (pictured) explains to Paul that he suffered a cardiac arrest and that the team needs to find out why 

Exams found that Paul might have a clot, which means he needs to take preventive medication. For that, he needs to be weighted 

While they wait for more exams, Yvonne tells the nurse Paul and her met when they were in school, as he was friends with her older brother. 

The couple went of a cruise in November of the past year to celebrated Paul’s 60th birthday. 

Doctors are afraid they may have found a clot in Paul’s blood, which means he’ will need immediate treatment. 

In order to treat the possible clot, Paul will take medication, and the nurse needs to weigh him in order to prescribe the right dose. 

A disorientated Paul manages to prop himself off of the bed and onto a chair, which is a sign he’s responding well to treatment. 

Thankfully, Paul recovers well from the ordeal, which is a relief for both Yvonne and Beatrice.

Casualty 24/7 airs at 9pm on Wednesday on Channel 5.  

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