David Hide

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Played by Jason Durr

Appearance

S30 E33 ‘Tangled Webs We Weave’–

Job Title

Staff Nurse

First Words

(to patient) Are you comfortable?

Family

Ex-wife, Rosa and one son, Ollie. David’s older brother, George, committed suicide when he was 20.

Background

David is a shy, thoughtful and withdrawn man who struggles with the social complexities of the world and always carries a multi-coloured bumbag around with him. Following a two year break from work, he is told he must return which proves difficult. But he’s a good and diligent nurse, who follows instructions well and goes about his job efficiently and quietly and is a great listener. He becomes good friends with nurse Robyn, who is determined to bring him out of his shell.

We later learn that David is divorced from his partner, Rosa and prior to their break up, he kidnapped their son, Ollie, which led to Rosa taking primary care of Ollie and cutting David off. David later admits to suffering from bipolar – and the reason he wears a bumbag is to ensure he takes his medication.

He battles with taking the medication as he feels like he loses his emotions whilst on them. Midway through Series 31 he suffers a manic episode when he comes of his pills and puts Robyn and her unborn baby’s life in jeopardy in the process.

Memorable Moments

  • S30 E33 – Despite his quiet exterior, David impresses staff following his treatment of dying alcoholic Annie (Cathy Tyson) on his first shift.
  • S30 E37 – Robyn and David’s mortality cafe proves a success.
  • S30 E40 – David is deeply affected by the death of a young heroin addict.
  • S30 E41 – David treats faded film star Vera (Rula Lenska) and also discovers some truths about Robyn’s boyfriend Glen.
  • S31 E2 – David comforts Robyn who finds out some bad news about Glen’s condition
  • S31 E5 – David’s troubled son, Ollie, heads to Holby and his father admits to him he has bipolar.
  • S31 E13 – David goes out with the paramedics and finds his courage in this Wizard of Oz themed episode.
  • S31 E18 – David struggles to connect with his son as he discovers Oliver is the lead in the school play but hasn’t told him.
  • S31 E25 – David sends Ollie to live with his mum in Spain as he doesn’t want Ollie being his carer.
  • S31 E26 – David has stopped taking his medication and in the midst of his manic episode, speeds a heavily pregnant Robyn off in his car.
  • S31 E27 – David commits himself voluntarily to mental health care, after a manic episode causes Robyn and her baby’s life to be put at risk.
  • S31 E30 – David returns to work but hands in his resignation. But Jacob refuses to accept it.

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