Holby City to include Alzheimer's storyline

Holby City to include Alzheimer's storyline

BBC1 drama Holby City is set to tackle Alzheimer's disease in an upcoming storyline.

Central character Serena Campbell was told her mother may have the degenerative condition in Tuesday night's episode (May 27th). Actress Sandra Voe - who plays Serena's mother - visited an Alzheimer's Society day support centre at Edgware Hospital to find out more and get an insight into what life looks like for those with cognitive decline. 

In addition, guidance from the Alzheimer's Society was sought in a bid to make the plot as realistic as possible. This included being involved in the writing of the script and giving advice on what symptoms would be displayed. 

A statement from the charity said it was pleased awareness of the condition was being bolstered through this storyline. 

"Serena's feelings of guilt surrounding the situation are unfortunately similar to those experienced by many carers. It will be interesting to see how this story progresses," it said. 

It is thought 800,000 people in the UK are living with the degenerative condition. 

Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.