Our hearts are in our mouths this week as Shelagh battles to hang on to her unborn baby as a miscarriage threatens. But Shelagh’s anxieties are only made worse when she makes friends with Gloria, the lady in the next hospital bed, who seems unable to carry a baby to term…

Meanwhile, as Sister Julienne tries to recruit a new midwife, Tom’s background as an adopted child comes to the fore as he helps a cash-strapped single mum expecting her third baby, who is torn about whether her cousin should adopt it.

Thankfully there’s a little light relief, too, as Trixie resumes her keep-fit classes, Nurse Crane takes over as Akela and there’s a fast-paced chariot race – yes, in Poplar!