The Royal is a medical drama set in St Aidan's Royal Free Hospital in the sea-side town of Elsinby.
Susie and Carnegie's relationship is the talk of the hospital. Marian is stunned when she discovers Susie didn’t sleep in her bed last night and wastes no time in filling in Lizzie. Meanwhile, Jack is shocked when he spots Susie and Carnegie kissing in the back of Carnegie’s steamed up Jaguar!
Dr Burnett is tending to 11 year old Mandy McMorrow, she’s been brought in to casualty with a fever by her father, who is a single parent. Burnett suggests she takes a few days off school and rest at home. However, Mr McMorrow is an out of work teacher with a job interview to go to and no one to look after his daughter. Feeling he has no choice, he persuades Mandy’s friend, Gail , to miss school and keep her company while he’s out. Will he regret his irresponsible actions?
Weatherill is concerned when she discovers Sister Brigid has been looking for prospective parents to adopt Moira’s baby and has already arranged for her to have the baby in a Catholic mother and baby nursing home. Is Moira aware of her sister’s plans?
Ormerod and Weatherill have accompanied Sister Brigid to Ireland for Moira’s funeral. As they arrive at the church, Omerod struggles with his emotions, feeling he could have done more to save Moira. Brigid’s sure the baby’s father won’t come clean but Weatherill catches a glimpse between Sister Brigid and local police man, Sergeant O’Malley and quickly realises he’s the father. He’s a married man and it’s clear his wife has no idea.
In Ireland, Sister Brigid has accepted that she’ll have to give up her life as a nun for the baby and prays for the Lord’s understanding. Ormerod is concerned Brigid is making a mistake but she feels it’s her duty. He voices his concerns to her and her parents, but she’s upset when her father suggests the baby is adopted by a childless Catholic couple. Brigid’s in turmoil and Ormerod and Weatherill decide to stay in Ireland another day to offer her support and advice while she makes this life changing decision.
Weatherill and Ormerod have returned from Ireland and are back at The Royal, much to everyone’s relief. However, Sister Brigid is put out that Weatherill has come to work so soon and has left baby Aisling with a nanny who they’ve only just met. Is she regretting her decision to let them adopt her niece? Will she let them get on with raising Aisling and stop interfering?
As the hospital staff come to terms with the loss of Stella and Frankie, everyone’s surprised when an attractive surfer, who crashes into Dr Burnett’s car, turns out to be the new ambulance driver, Bobby. Alun is getting ready for a gig in town with his new band and deafens everyone while he practices in the porter’s office. Marian reasons that they should all go and watch the gig as Stella loved a good night out and wouldn’t want to see her friends sitting in every night. However, when Dr Burnett explains he can’t go as he’s on call, Marian is soon charmed by Bobby, who agrees to be her date to the gig. Will Marian turn to Bobby for a good time?
Dr Burnett is called out to a run down farm house where 15-year-old Simon, who has speech and learning difficulties, is running a high fever. The farm is in a bad state and the family seem to be struggling to cope. They’re horrified when Burnett reveals he needs to get Simon to hospital ASAP in order to rule out meningitis. Will they get to the bottom of Simon’s illness?
Alun and Jack are delighted when Casualty is overrun by a gaggle of screaming teenage bikini-clad girls. Dr Burnett discovers the girls have been stung by jellyfish on the beach when one of the girls, Lucy, collapses with a swollen bite on her leg.
With Susie and Carnegie's relationship becoming the focus of talk in the hospital, Matron reaches the end of her patience and decides to suspend Susie when she's late for work. Mr Rose faces a personal test when a golfing friend of his has to into the operating theatre, Nick copes struggles with a dilemna and Gordon and Bobby are called to a farming accident where a man is trapped by a combine harvester.
Nick races against time to save two schoolgirls who have been poisoned by carbon monoxide, Susie has to use quick thinking when Matron falls ill during their picnic on the cliff front and has to go into hospital, giving Susie an opportunity to prove herself. In the meantime, a man is training to become a priest, which causes a family problem which Jill needs to sort out.
Sister Brigid helps to make a bright future for her sister Moira and her baby. However when things take a shocking twist Gordon and Jill have to make a heartrending decision. Susie does her best to be the perfect nurse and ends her relationship with Carnegie. However he proposes to her. Meanwhile Bobby has to deal with the violent stepfather of a local thug, taking matters into his own hands.