Berenice ‘Bernie’ Wolfe

bernie_wolfe

Played by Jemma Redgrave

Appearance

S18 E17 ‘Serenity’ –

Job Title

Consultant General Surgeon

First Words

Ah great, Guy Self – good to meet you!

Background

Major Berenice ‘Bernie’ Wolfe had been serving the army, when she is brought into Holby with heart problems and a neck fracture. She’d been training medics in Afghanistan when the car she was in hit a roadside IED. Already at loggerheads, Guy won’t operate on her spine if her heart might rupture, but Ollie won’t operate on her chest if her spinal chord is at risk. As they argue, Bernie tells the pair they must operate at the same time.

Bernie has no real desire to leave the army but when she is offered the position as Consultant General Surgeon on Keller, she feels she owes it to her family and to save her marriage to husband Marcus, to take the job. As the weeks go on, Bernie shows herself to be a surgeon used to quick-fire decisions, not the long-winded bureaucracy that often accompanies civilian life. It leads Hanssen to question whether she is ready to leave the army behind. Ric and Bernie initially have a difficult working relationship, he has to remind her that he is in charge however they gradually come to have a mutual respect of eachother. When an old army colleague, Alex, turns up in Holby we learn why Bernie wasn’t so keen to leave her army life behind. Bernie and Alex had an affair whilst in Afghanistan and it’s clear that they still have feelings for eachother but Alex feels Bernie is not ready to have a relationship with her and leaves telling Bernie she needs to get her life in order first. With Dom’s advice, she realises she needs to stop living a lie and plans to end her marriage with Marcus, soon after Marcus brutally serves her divorce papers.

Memorable Moments

  • S18 E17 – Bernie arrives as a patient from Afghanistan after being injured.
  • S18 E20 – Bernie breaks the rules to perform practicing medicine used on the frontline to treat a patient.
  • S18 E23 – Patient Lorna makes a complaint against Bernie due to her blunt approach, as she undergoes a bi-lateral mastectomy.
  • S18 E28 – When ex-army colleague Alex turns up in Holby, we learn they had an affair and Bernie needs to re-evaluate her life.

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