Drama depicting the private and working lives of the patients, doctors, nurses and others attending a small but frantically busy accident and emergency department of the large Holby General hospital
Jordan's estranged wife Karen also worked in the hospital at the time, and it was a crisis in their relationship which caused Jordan to respond too slowly to his pager, leading to the death of a patient. He pleaded guilty before a tribunal and, when he was cleared, handed in his resignation and left Holby.
Consequently Jordan's arrival in the ED was greeted with some trepidation - his reputation definitely preceded him. Both Adam and Zoe took an instant dislike to their new boss (although in Zoe's case this was tempered by physical attraction) but others such as Charlie and Ruth were surprised to find that Jordan was a firm but fair leader who seemed to genuinely want the best for the ED and its staff.
The cause of this mellowing soon became apparent - unbeknownst to the ED team, Jordan was suffering from a brain tumor which was causing him to forget words and hindering his fine motor skills. Jordan had realized that the fast paced world of the ED was a better place to hide his condition than in the operating theater and his desire to improve the department was born of a need to create a lasting legacy in the event that he did not have long to live.
Jordan was cunning when hiding his symptoms, using junior doctors Ruth and Toby to cover when he forgot words, and scheming to have Adam sent on compassionate leave when he came too near the truth. When Jordan collapsed in the ED his condition became impossible to conceal or ignore.
Jordan refused surgery due to the risk of complications - preferring to die than be unable to continue in the job he loved. However, when he was hospitalized, Zoe forged his signature on a consent form and the surgery went ahead.
Jordan survived the surgery and returned to work, initially in a non-clinical capacity although he was gradually allowed to return to treating patients. At this time his relationship with Zoe ended after she lied about being pregnant, as she was unable to face telling him that she was infertile. Eventually the pair developed a close friendship - Zoe was the only person who could get away with calling him Nick or cheeking him.
Jordan settled back into his role as king of the ED, fighting to make the department the best it could be and encouraging the younger doctors like Lenny and Sam. However, there was no sign of a happy ending in his personal life until he met feisty policewoman Yvonne Rippon.
It soon became clear that Yvonne was the 'the one' for Jordan and when she was seriously injured in the Holby riots he left the ED in Zoe's hands to care for her.
Jordan returned briefly when Yvonne was admitted to hospital and died.
Despite being devastated he tried to return to business as usual as Clinical Lead but when he was brought face to face with the man who stabbed Yvonne - and saved his life - he realized that he needed to create a life for himself beyond the hospital.
Bidding Zoe an emotional farewell, he left the department in her hands.
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