7 Holby City spoilers: Ric struggles with life-changing brain tumour diagnosis

We find out more about Ric (Hugh Quarshie)’s health issues in tonight’s Holby City – and it’s not good news. He insists on keeping the truth from Darla (Naomi Katiyo), because it’s the day she has to give up her baby for adoption – but on Holby these things have a way of coming out. And as Ric contemplates his own mortality, Darla has a visitor.

Meanwhile Essie (Kaye Wragg) also has a visitor, when Isla’s father Connor (Calum Lill) turns up looking for Frankie. How much trouble will he stir up for Essie? And to make a trio of surprise visitors, Kian (Ramin Karimloo) is shocked when he recognises a patient. Here are all the spoilers to look out for.

1. As we learned at the end of last week’s episode, Ric Griffin has a brain tumour. And this week he discovers it’s a big one, so any surgery would carry massively high risks. Ric is determined to keep all of this from his granddaughter Darla, as it’s the day when her baby is due to be taken into foster care before she’s adopted. Some of his colleagues think Ric should be honest with Darla. Will he be convinced?

2. There’s a little party for Essie to celebrate her ‘adoption’ of baby Isla. The only person who’s in on the secret that the baby isn’t legally Essie’s is Sacha (Bob Barrett), and he’s determined to support her.

3. Cameron (Nic Jackman) isn’t coping very well with his guilty secret about Evan and is constantly on edge. Can he hold it together when he has to produce a report about what happened?

4. Essie is shocked by a visit from Isla’s father, Connor. He’s come to the hospital looking for Frankie, but Essie’s defensive attitude makes him suspicious. How will Essie deal with the situation? Is her secret about to be revealed?

5. An attractive patient on Darwin is a very familiar face to Kian and he makes sure she gets the best service Darwin can offer. Is an old flame about to be rekindled?

6. Sacha is excited because he has a ground-breaking procedure to perform – but his theatre nurse, Essie, seems oddly distracted. Can he get to the bottom of what’s worrying her?

7. Ric isn’t impressed when the father of Darla’s baby comes to see her and tempers flare. But as Darla is faced with the heartbreak of having to say goodbye to her daughter, is Ric really doing what’s in Darla’s best interests by hiding his diagnosis from her?

Sue Haasler is the author of the official Holby City book, which you can read about here. Her other TV books and novels are listed here

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