Dylan Keogh (born 27 February 1976) MRCGP FRCEM is a consultant in emergency medicine who works at Holby City Hospital's emergency department. He initially joined the department in 2011 but left at the end of 2012. He returned to work there in 2014.

Upon joining the department in 2011, he immediately had a big impact on the rest of the staff due to his sincere approach to dealing with things. Throughout his time there, he has hit many obstacles, notably his past with Sam Nicholls being exposed after the fire in 2011, his battle with OCD in 2015 and smuggling a child into the country in 2017. Since starting work there, Dylan has built connections with a few members of staff including Zoe Hanna, Ben "Lofty" Chiltern and David Hide but has proven himself to be hard to get along with due to his bluntness and sharp attitude.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Dylan was born in February 1976. (CAS: Episode 1049) He has Irish heritage and grew up in the UK care system. He was bullied and manipulated during that time, resulting in his unsympathetic outlook. During his youth, he completed a summer of work on a building site. (CAS: "Sleeping With the Enemy") When he was 14, Dylan started drinking; he soon stopped, but he continued six years later and eventually became an alcoholic. (CAS: "Next of Kin - Part Two") While attending medical school in the late 1990s, Dylan was mentored by Miriam Turner. (CAS: "Only Human")

Sobriety and marriage to Sam Edit

In 2009, a woman named Saskia Welch was admitted to an emergency department he was working in needing an emergency appendectomy. While Saskia was awaiting surgery, Dylan caught her drinking and asked her, "if [she could] have a drink, why [he couldn't]"; he promptly began drinking her alcohol in front of her. Dylan's actions quickly became public knowledge, and he was suspended and had all of his most recent cases reviewed. After three days of extremely heavy drinking, Dylan decided to get himself sober. (CAS: "Natural Selection") To help stop himself from drinking, Dylan kept himself distracted by serving as a BASICS volunteer in his free time. (CAS: "Memory Games")

Following the incident, After completing medical training, Dylan secured a job as a consultant general practitioner in a surgery in the countryside away from Holby; he enjoyed the serenity and even spent time talking to Arthur — a sheep that lived in the field adjacent to the surgery. (CAS: "Only Human") In July 2010, (CAS: Episode 1095) Dylan married army medic Sam Nicholls. (CAS: "Next of Kin - Part Two") However, not long after, they started to feel miserable in each other's company, and they would often argue, leading Sam to act "recklessly" and put herself in danger to scare him. They eventually separated. (CAS: "Duty of Care")

Employment at Holby City ED and Polly's death Edit

In 12 March 2011, after trust doctor Ruth Winters was sectioned, Nick Jordan — a lead consultant at Holby City Hospital's emergency department — began interviewing for a replacement; Miriam Turner asserted that she already knew the ideal candidate and contacted Dylan. Dylan initially refused her offer and expressed his disdain of Holby, but he eventually acquiesced and agreed to a coffee. However, while Dylan rode a bus to the hospital, the driver, Filip Zielinski, lost consciousness and crashed into a road sign. While Dylan treated the injured passengers at the roadside, sales assistant Hannah Fleet returned to the bus to retrieve her face cream, but she was left with her face impaled by a seat frame when a careless driver crashed into the side of the bus. As fuel leaked out of the vehicles and was ignited by the driver's cigarette, Dylan was forced to pull Hannah out seconds before the bus exploded.

At the ED, Miriam told Dylan that he had secured the trust doctor position, but Dylan restated his preference for the countryside and general practice and even squandered an opportunity to impress Nick. However, when Filip told Dylan about issues with his vision and later had a seizure, Dylan asked for his medical records and found that Filip had failed to follow up on an EEG that had identified complex partial seizures. Nevertheless, Dylan did not want the job in the ED, but Miriam told him that he had been given the job, forcing an exasperated Dylan to admit defeat and take the job. (CAS: "Only Human")

Three weeks later, Dylan moved into the houseboat Beachley, which was situated within the city, to prepare for his first shift at the ED. On that day, Hannah was brought into the department with a leg injury and was distraught when Dylan was dismissive of her. Dylan soon caught Hannah talking to Tom Russell — a barratrous lawyer who was lingering in the ED for potential clients — and expressed his feelings of disgust towards her. Later, Hannah developed a fever and was taken into resus; she was subsequently diagnosed with osteomyelitis. Paramedic Polly Emmerson believed that Hannah was lonely and suggested that Dylan visit her, but he was far from keen. That night, Dylan was informed that Hannah had requested to see him after tearing her wound open with a nail file, but Dylan remained at home. (CAS: "Just Because You're Paranoid")

On 23 April, Hannah was taken into the ED after sustaining scalds and insisted on being treated by Dylan. Polly believed that Hannah's injuries were self-inflicted and told Dylan that she wanted to speak to him specifically, but Dylan contended that Hannah's case would be better handled by psychiatric professionals and refused to speak to her. Unsatisfied with Dylan's response, Polly brought Hannah down to the basement to speak to Dylan personally; Hannah was mortified to discover that Dylan was more concerned about concealing his pet dog Dervla. Dylan continued to dismiss Hannah's accusations of trying to ruin her life and left for the lift, prompting Hannah to grab a kitchen knife and lunge at Dylan; the lift doors closed before she could reach him, but she ended up accidentally stabbing Polly instead. (CAS: "Before the Fall")


Dylan and Jay find Polly bleeding out in the basement. (CAS: "Momentum")

Upstairs, Hannah insisted on speaking to Dylan, but he ignored her once again. Believing that Hannah needed a psych assessment, consultant Zoe Hanna told Dylan to persuaded Hannah to speak to psych, but Dylan brashly asserted that Hannah was "disturbed", and talking to her was out of his remit. In the Clinical Decisions Unit, Hannah told Dylan that they were connected and claimed that, if he did not "walk out", "none of this would have happened". Dylan tried phoning Polly, but she failed to return his calls. Dylan and Zoe soon found that Hannah had left her cubicle and discovered Polly's phone there. Concerned, Dylan soon found Hannah and demanded to know where Polly was; Hannah failed to give a concise answer and threatened Dylan with the knife. Dylan managed to wrestle it out of her hand and pursued her through reception; Hannah was apprehended by police, and Dylan alerted the other staff about Polly's whereabouts. A dying Polly was rushed out of the basement and into resus; despite the team's best efforts, Polly was later pronounced dead. Overcome with guilt, Dylan attested that he should never have got involved in Hannah's case and left the hospital. (CAS: "Momentum")

Return to work Edit

By 11 June, Dylan had resigned and was preparing for a job interview at a private hospital in Harrogate. Zoe visited Dylan at his houseboat to convince him to ask Nick Jordan for his job back, but Dylan was unmoved. On his way to the train station, Dylan found a box of loperamide prescribed to Joe Shawcross and was intrigued by a young boy who was struggling to stand up while running away from a crashed car that was about to explode. When Zoe failed to return his call, Dylan decided to ditch the train and go to the ED to inform her that Joe could potentially have Guillain–Barré syndrome. When Dylan continued to hound Zoe about Joe's case, she argued that Dylan actually wanted to return to the ED but was "scared".

Later, Dylan was sceptical when Zoe informed him that Joe tested negative for GBS and confronted Simon Roper, the locum treating him, who believed that Joe's symptoms were caused by the car accident; Dylan was quickly escorted out of the building by security when he began berating Simon for not considering acute intermittent porphyria as a diagnosis, but he immediately went back inside. With the help of new clinical nurse manager Linda Andrews, Dylan found a urine sample from Joe's father William that clearly showed porphyria and managed to stop Joe from receiving unnecessary surgery. After Zoe spoke to Nick about Dylan's position in the department, Nick offered him his job back; Dylan accepted it. (CAS: "One Good Day")

On 2 July, Linda informed that several patients needed to be transferred to CDU, but Dylan told her that he could free one bed for one intriguing case. Staff nurse Madiha "Mads" Durrani asked Dylan to assess Ani Murad, the daughter of her friend Rani, who was suffering from abdominal pain, but Dylan dismissed her condition as a non-emergency. However, when Mads discovered a mass and pressed Dylan to treat Ani properly, he was delighted to find that Ani had Rapunzel syndrome. (CAS: "Rogue")

By the following fortnight, Dylan had become tired of treating patients with common ailments on CDU and demanded to only be presented with interesting cases. Later, Dylan treated a young homeless woman named Becca who was attacked and temporary lost her eyesight. While Dylan waited for her test results, he also managed to diagnose cyanide poisoning in one of Adam Trueman's patients, but Becca's symptoms continued to leave Dylan stumped. However, with the help of Ruth Winters, Dylan eventually diagnosed Becca with nyctalopia caused by vitamin A deficiency. Ultimately, Becca discharged herself before the test results confirming the diagnosis came back. That night, Dylan encountered Becca on the streets and ordered her to find somewhere to stay. However, she followed Dylan to his houseboat and told him that she trusted him because of his honesty; he begrudgingly allowed her to sleep in his home. (CAS: "Divine Intervention")


Nick gives Dylan his hospital badge back. (CAS: "Pascal's Wager")

In the morning, Dylan returned to the houseboat after sleeping in the car with Dervla and found Becca unconscious. When he discovered Cullen's and Grey Turner's sign, Dylan put her in his car and drove to the ED. Zoe urged Dylan to move Becca to resus, but Dylan was focused on trying to interpret her symptoms and working on a diagnosis. Zoe soon discovered that Becca was only 15 and warned Dylan about the potential consequences of his actions, but he persisted. In the end, his efforts proved fruitless, and he was forced to take Becca to resus. There, Dylan handed Nick his hospital badge, and Nick immediately accepted his resignation. Nevertheless, Dylan remained in the department and reviewed her bloods; he rushed into resus as Nick was about to perform a laparotomy on Becca and told him that she had congenital analgesia and retroperitoneal bleeding. Nick initially did not give Dylan his job back, but he later gave him his hospital badge back after Zoe assured him that Dylan did not act inappropriately with Becca the night before. Dylan thanked Zoe for her help, and the two agreed to be friends. (CAS: "Pascal's Wager")

On 27 August, Dylan treated a patient named Chris who claimed to have contracted food poisoning from a restaurant in Edwalton; he was left puzzled when Chris began experiencing respiratory problems. As more patients were brought in with similar symptoms to Chris, Dylan suspected that there was a common vector. He warned his colleagues of the possibility of an outbreak, but he quickly learned from Lenny Lyons that another patient had developed an infection after sustaining a needle stick injury. After the other patients showed puncture marks, Dylan deduced that they had injected heroin contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. (CAS: "Common Vector")

The following week, Zoe was surprised to discover that Dylan was a BASICS volunteer. In CDU, they treated a woman named Rachel who claimed that a man was following her; her husband Matt explained that the man was a hallucination. Dylan believed that her symptoms were indicative of Lewy body dementia and attempt to inform the Greers, but Zoe told him that he was being "brutal" when Matt struggled to accept the diagnosis and urged him to stop "being so pleased with [his] own brilliance". Eventually, Dylan and new nurse Scarlett Conway managed to calm Rachel and help her take control of her hallucinations. In the morning, Zoe invited Dylan out for a drink, prompting him to explain that he became a BASICS volunteer to keep himself sober. (CAS: "Memory Games")

Sam's employment at the ED Edit

On 22 October, Dylan was taken aback upon discovering that Sam Nicholls had started working in the ED as a registrar the week prior; (CAS: "Mea Culpa", "Sanctuary") Sam agreed to keep their relationship discrete. In CDU, he treated a young autistic girl named Angela who was complaining of chest pains; he quickly deduced that she had taken her mother Janice's digoxin. After noticing Angela's discomfort towards sensory stimuli, such as Janice's vividly-coloured clothing, Dylan realised that she was hypersensitive. When Janice tried to force Angela back to her care home, the latter took more digoxin and ran off; she was soon found zip-tied to a staircase. To calm Angela down, Dylan constructed a tent with cubicle curtains and bedsheets. (CAS: "Sanctuary")

On 5 November, Dylan treated a girl named Esther who was admitted to the ED with a sore throat. When he assured her that she had not developed lymphangioleiomyomatosis from her mother, Saskia Welch — a neighbour claiming to be Esther's mother — demanded a second opinion. Dylan immediately deduced that Saskia was unrelated to the girl, prompting Saskia to publicly out Dylan as an alcoholic. After learning that Esther's real mother had died six months prior, Dylan insisted that her father Billy come and collect her, or he would be forced to contact social services; Billy failed to make an appearance, prompting Tess Bateman to make the call. Taking matters into his own hands, Dylan visited Billy at home and urged him to start protecting Esther, but the grief of losing his wife had left Billy severely agoraphobic and caused him to suffer a panic attack. After calming Billy down, Dylan gave him diazepam and managed to convince him to accept any help that was available; he eventually accompanied Dylan back to the ED and was reunited with Esther. (CAS: "Natural Selection")

The following week, Sam treated a teenaged mother named Debbie and her infant son Rhys. She found that Rhys had sustained multiple bruises over a period of time; although she firmly believed that Debbie was not responsible, she had no other explanation for Rhys' injuries. Determined to exonerate Debbie, Sam begrudgingly enlisted Dylan's help in finding a diagnosis, and the two concluded that Debbie and Rhys both had von Willebrand disease. After finding Debbie collapsed in a toilet cubicle, Dylan and Sam performed paracentesis together to drain the free fluid in her abdomen and stabilise her. (CAS: "No Goodbyes")


Dylan and Zoe are rescued from the burning ED. (CAS: "Next of Kin - Part Two")

On 3 December, a Christmas tree caught fire in the ED's basement, (CAS: "Next of Kin - Part One") resulting in the department being evacuated. However, due to the extent of fire officer Frank Malloy's injuries, Dylan and Zoe opted to ignore Nick Jordan's orders and treat him in resus. The fire quickly reached the reception area, but Frank's condition was still critical. Once he was stabilised, Dylan and Zoe attempted to escape the building, but an explosion blocked their path and forced them back into resus. There, they were informed that, while the fire service was working on freeing them, there was a chance of resus' walls and ceiling collapsing. Fearing that they would not be rescued, Dylan retrieved several ampoules of fentanyl as a "get-out clause", but Zoe refused and insisted that they would survive. However, as the fire approached resus, the two shared a kiss as they prepared to kill themselves. Before they could, the fire service entered the room and rescued them and Frank. Due to Sam being listed as Dylan's next of kin, the rest of the team found out that she was Dylan's wife. (CAS: "Next of Kin - Part Two")

In January 2012, following the construction and opening of the new emergency department, Dylan took issue with his colleagues gossiping about his and Sam's marriage and angrily confronted Linda after she pinned their wedding photo onto the staffroom wall. Despite asserting that he and Sam were miserable throughout their marriage, Dylan was concerned when he heard that Sam was assisting at the scene of an explosion and hydrogen chloride gas leakage on the Silverton housing estate, though he believed that she had deliberately put herself in danger to "make [him] sweat". Later that day, in the staffroom, Keith Parr — the son of a patient named Jean who had previously been incarcerated for having a relationship with a minor named Peter — confronted Dylan after he allowed Peter to visit Jean for closure. When Keith shoved Dylan against the lockers, Sam restrained him. (CAS: "Duty of Care") The next day, Dylan felt that Sam was becoming too invested in Jon Marston's case and criticised her for contacting his ex-wife Heather. However, following Jon's death, Heather sent the two a bouquet of flowers, thanking them for helping her and Jon find closure; Dylan told Sam to keep the flowers. (CAS: "Death and Doughnuts")

On 11 February, Dylan was staggered to hear that Keith was considering suing the hospital after sustaining a C-spine fracture that could have potentially been caused by Sam restraining him. Later that day, Dylan warned Sam that a tribunal could find against her and urged her to accept the offer of a conversation with Keith to deescalate the situation. (CAS: "Confidences") Two weeks later, Keith made an official complaint against Sam, and Dylan was asked to testify at her upcoming GMC hearing. (CAS: "Grand Canyon")

On 4 March, a woman named Anna was admitted to the ED following an RTC. Dylan decided to look after her dog Cadmus in the back of an ambulance and left to collect some provisions, but he returned to find the inside of the ambulance covered in vomit and realised that Cadmus had consumed "industrial amounts" of chocolate. With the help of receptionist Noel Garcia and porter MacKenzie "Big Mac" Chalker, Dylan managed to treat Cadmus' chocolate poisoning, but Zoe reprimanded him for not fulfilling his duties in the department. When a group of gang members barged into resus and started causing havoc, Dylan defended Sam against Zoe accusing her of overreacting when she fought back against them to protect her patient. (CAS: "Ricochet: What Goes Around Comes Around")


Dylan entering the cave system to save Amanda and David.

In April, Sam was sent to the scene of an accident at a woodland where two dog walkers, Amanda Franks and David Hooper, had fallen down a cave system, but she soon realised that she would need more help. Dylan arrived to help and they were forced to set their differences apart to attempt to save them. Ultimately they were only able to save Amanda, much to their disappointment. (CAS: "When the Gloves Come Off") Later that month, Dylan, Scarlett and Nick were called to give evidence against Sam for the incident with Keith Parr. Ultimately Zoe made a discovery about his condition which got Sam off the hook. (CAS: "Appropriate Force")

In May, Dylan became under the impression that Sam wanted to get back together with him, and booked a table at a romantic restaurant. However, Zoe soon realised that Sam just wanted to hand Dylan the divorce papers, and encouraged her to tell him the truth. (CAS: "Happily Ever After") The following week, Dylan found it impossible to work alongside Sam, and it led to Sam making a bad impulse decision. (CAS: "Home Truths") By July, Sam and Dylan were still at a halt, with Dylan refusing to sign the divorce papers if Sam continued to work at Holby, and they eventually got divorced. (CAS: "Do the Right Thing")

Conflict with Tom and departure Edit

By October, Sam had already begun a casual relationship with paediatric doctor Tom Kent, and things were made even more awkward for her when Dylan walked in on them kissing in the staff room. (CAS: "Seeing in the Dark") In November, Amanda Franks visited the ED after having fully recovered from the cave incident earlier that year. She plucked up the courage to ask Dylan out on a date, and Sam encouraged him but he had second thoughts when he caught sight of Sam and Tom together. (CAS: "When Love Breaks Down") Kindly Amanda only wanted to be a friend to Dylan but he became increasingly convinced that she had developed an unhealthy obsession with him and humiliated himself at the Christmas party by rudely warning her off. (CAS: "My Aim Is True")

In December, Dylan and Tom squared up to each other outside the ED, much to Sam's horror after Dylan had attempted to get Tom suspended. However, Tom returned to work and Dylan lost his temper. Eventually, Dylan decided that he couldn't work at Holby anymore as he still had feelings for Sam. (CAS: "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus")

Return to Holby Edit

In October 2014, Zoe returned to the ED following her two-month leave. At the end of the day, Zoe returned home to a houseboat and greeted Dylan outside, having moved in with him and Dervla in the houseboat. (CAS: "Return to Sender") In the time between Dylan leaving the department and returning, numerous staff members had left including Tom, Sam, (CAS: "Away in a Manger") Linda (CAS: "Isolated Incident") and Lloyd. (CAS: "You Always Hurt the One You Love") However, they'd all since been replaced by new staff. Over the next few months, Dylan was paired up with Ethan and Ash in order to ease him back into work.

In March 2015, Dylan became concerned about Lily after she fainted at work as a result of Connie demanding more out of the staff. Dylan offered to pay for Lily to get a taxi home, (CAS: "Excess Baggage") but she instead rode her moped but ended up hitting a teenage girl after falling asleep at the wheel, but it was soon discovered not to have been her fault. (CAS: "Toxic Relationships")

Obsessive-compulsive disorder Edit

At the end of May, Dylan was appointed as acting Clinical Lead following Connie's suspension due to the accusations made against her. (CAS: "Against the Odds") However, his period of authority was short lived as Connie returned the next week and reclaimed her office. (CAS: "Fix You") In June, Dylan was left devastated after an elderly female patient died following a car accident, as he was sure he could have done more to save her. (CAS: "A Moment of Clarity") Just a week later, an elderly man was admitted to the ED after suffering from stomach cramps. His friend began performing holistic therapy, but the man soon ended up back in resus. Once there, his friend requested he not be treated in bay 4 due to a myth about the number representing death. Afterwards, Dylan took a look at the files of all his recent patients who died and discovered that they were all treated in resus bay 4. (CAS: "Heart Over Head")

In the following weeks, Dylan continued to struggle with patients being treated in bay 4, and even started to sabotage the bay by unplugging electronics in order to get them moved to another one. (CAS: "If You Could Bottle It") His obsession with the resus bay started to become noticed by other members of staff. Rita picked up on it after he tampered with a cardiogram in order to prevent treating a patient there. Dylan opened up to Rita about his problem with the bay, but was left feeling betrayed when she went and told Zoe. (CAS: "Dark Horses")

The following week, Dylan's father Brian Carroll was admitted after being involved in a lorry crash with his girlfriend Hazel. They all received a shock when it was discovered that Hazel was 15 weeks pregnant and that Brian suffered from narcolepsy. Brian later told Dylan that he was the son he never wanted, which caused Dylan to go home and get angry with Dervla only for her to run off. (CAS: "The Long Haul") With everything overwhelming Dylan, he walked out on the staff covered in blood the following week and put back up the missing poster of Dervla. Upon returning home, Dervla had found her way back and he was overjoyed to see her. (CAS: "Knock Knock Who's There?")


The boat exploded with Dylan still inside.

Dylan continued to avoid Rita and Zoe, and Connie told Zoe that she couldn't continue to let Dylan work in the department if his behaviour continued, which left Zoe fighting for his job. (CAS: "Forsaking All Others - Part One") The next day on the day of Max and Zoe's wedding, Dylan and Rita found themselves in isolation together after a suspected malaria patient was admitted to the ED. It eventually transpired that he didn't actually have it, and Dylan was angry at the fact he had missed the ceremony where he was supposed to have been walking Zoe down the aisle. Zoe later confided in Dylan about the fact she had slept with someone. After Max found out and shouted at Zoe, she fled to Dylan's houseboat across the lake. They were just driving off when they noticed that a fire had started back at the gazebo where the wedding was. An ember landed on the boat near a gas canister and it exploded with Zoe in the water and Dylan still on the boat. (CAS: "Forsaking All Others - Part Two")

Dylan emerged from the lake, seemingly unharmed by the explosion, and Zoe was saved from drowning by Charlie who swam to save her. Back at the ED, Dylan's OCD kicked off again when he refused to send his patient for an x-ray due to the small risk of radiation. (CAS: "A Child's Heart - Part One") (CAS: "A Child's Heart - Part Two") He had frequent meetings with psychiatrist Ben Harding regarding his condition, but by September after a period of leave, he had become more relaxed whilst dealing with patients. Dylan instead took out his anger on Lofty who he labelled as an incompetent nurse. (CAS: "Cradle to the Grave")

Friendship with Lofty Edit

Over the following months, Dylan and Lofty bonded more whilst treating patients, and discovered that they actually made a great team. In December, they decided to spend Christmas together. (CAS: "Home for Christmas")

In the new year, Dylan pushed Lofty to his full potential and encouraged him in applying for a band 6 promotion. He got the job, and soon after he found Dylan pushing him to take control more. (CAS: "Black Alert") At the end of February, he made Lofty take the lead of the nursing team for the day instead of Jacob. Agency nurse Diane Stuart arrived to help out in the ED, but Dylan became furious when she almost administered potassium to a patient instead of saline and told Lofty he would have to have a talk with her. Towards the end of the day, Dylan, Lofty and Diane were in the lift with a patient when they stopped breathing. Lofty shocked the patient twice, but on the second time Diane didn't clear in time and ended up being shocked and ultimately dying. He told Lofty to be careful what he put on his statement regarding the incident, as it could cost him his job. (CAS: "Fatal Error - Part One")

The investigation took place that afternoon, and Dylan encouraged Lofty to make it clear that he told Diane to clear before he shocked. However, in the interview, Lofty said he wasn't sure whether he did or not. (CAS: "Fatal Error - Part Two") The following month, Rita informed Lofty that they were willing to let him off as long as he took a training course but he decided to leave anyway. Zoe went and comforted Dylan as she knew what good friends they were, but Dylan masked his emotions by telling her he wasn't bothered. (CAS: "High Tide")

Brian's return and supporting Robyn Edit

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Dylan confronts Brian about his smoking outside the ED.

In May, Dylan's father Brian was admitted to the ED with a hand injury he sustained whilst smashing his car window to reach his daughter, Rihanna who was locked inside. Once at the ED, Hazel tried to persuade Dylan that Brian had changed although he was unconvinced of this. Shortly after, it transpired that Brian had developed a lung condition as a result of smoking, and Dylan advised him to stop. He eventually confronted Brian outside the ED when he caught him smoking, but Brian simply told him that he didn't need to be told what to do. (CAS: "Chain Reaction")

Towards the end of June, Hazel arrived in the ED with Rihanna, concerned that she was unwell. Dylan and Ethan treated her and Dylan initially put it down to Brian's smoking. Brian soon arrived in the ED and tried to explain things to Dylan before going outside for a cigarette. This left Dylan furious and after an argument outside, Brian collapsed and upon being admitted, Dylan discovered his condition had worsened. Eventually, Brian told Dylan he wanted to make things right between them, and Dylan had clearly grown more fond of the idea. (CAS: "History Repeating") In July after Brian nearly killed both Hazel and Rihanna in a house fire by smoking a cigarette, Brian decided that Hazel and Rihanna were better off without him. He then said goodbye to Dylan, and Dylan later agreed to support Hazel in caring for Rihanna. (CAS: "Where the Truth Lies")

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Dylan helping Grace at the scene of the car crash.

In August as Charlie's anniversary celebrations took place, Dylan was shocked to hear from Elle of Connie's car crash. He went out to the scene to help and told Connie that they'd need to get her to hospital, although she was adamant to stay until they found Grace so they were forced to sedate her. Dylan remained at the scene and examined Grace and suspected that she had a pneumothorax and flail chest. Back at the hospital, the helicopter which Grace was in crashed outside the ED and Dylan was quick to the scene to help. He climbed in and helped Grace and assisted in getting her out. Dylan later took a look at Connie after she collapsed when seeing Grace and found that she had free fluid in her abdomen possibly from a torn liver. After Connie and Grace had been sent up to theatre, Dylan praised Elle for her efforts in reception. (CAS: "Too Old for This Shift")

In October, Dylan and David discovered Robyn's boyfriend Glen Thomas after he'd collapsed and had a seizure in a corridor of the hospital. Robyn discovered this later, but Glen told her to leave as he needed time alone. After she'd left, David found a wedding ring by Glen's bed. Dylan managed to persuade Robyn to come back and Dylan sent her a picture of the ring over text. However, when Glen vomited during the scan, they had no choice but to take him up to neurology. In the lift disaster struck as it broke down and Dylan was forced to treat him in the lift alongside Max and David. They were able to contact the ED via the emergency telephone in the lift, and they requested for the medical kit to be sent down through the lift shaft. The operation was successful, and they were able to get Glen out of the lift and onto neurology. (CAS: "Too Much Love Will Kill You")

The following week, Dylan carried out a blood test for Robyn after she fainted in cubicles. When a patient had Robyn pinned against a wall during a fit of rage, Dylan informed him that Robyn was pregnant. Although she thought this was just a way of getting him to let go, Dylan later admitted to her that it was true. After this, Dylan agreed to keep things under control in the ED if she went up to see Glen to tell him of her news before their wedding later that day. However, she decided not to tell him of her pregnancy, and her day took a turn for the worse when Glen left just before the wedding was due to take place. (CAS: "The Big Day")

Towards the end of the month, Dylan supported Robyn and went with her to her meeting regarding the termination of the pregnancy. Following the meeting, Robyn went to the toilets and felt a sharp pain in her stomach and instantly assumed that she was having a miscarriage. She got Dylan and David to examine her secretly and although they initially heard no heartbeat, they realised that the volume on the Doppler wasn't on. Upon turning it up, they were able to hear the baby's heartbeat which changed Robyn's opinion on getting an abortion. (CAS: "Night of the Loving Dead")

Sexual harassment allegations Edit


Jacob informs Dylan of Dervla's disappearance as Elle introduces him to Seb.

Later in October, Dylan offered to mentor the new F1 joining the department, Sebastian Grayling. However, during the first part of the shift Dylan was preoccupied with finding Dervla who had gone missing. Dylan was unimpressed with his new mentee after he went missing during his shift, discussed test results with a patient's daughter and jumped to a conclusion on a diagnosis. Things only got worse when Noel got some CCTV footage through from the Holby Pulse which showed Seb accidentally hitting Dervla on his bike on the way to work, and her running off. Once again, Seb broke the rules when he resuscitated a patient who had a DNR in place. In a meeting with Elle, Dylan told Elle that Seb had failed to follow instructions, and she informed Seb that she'd have to suspend his rotation. However, on his way home Seb found Dervla and brought her back into the ED. Only then did Dylan decide to give Seb a second chance, providing he followed all of the rules. (CAS: "Shock to the System")

In November, Dylan started to have empathy for Seb after he noticed how much his father Archie pressured him. On multiple occasions, Seb froze in treating patients and Dylan soon attributed this to the fact he was distracted by his father. Although Archie tried to get Seb to change mentors, he refused to and pledged to stay with Dylan. (CAS: "Thirty Years") Two weeks later, Dylan became frustrated with both David and Seb when they failed to inform him about a patient's suspected diagnosis. Although the patient was fine in the end, he was left angry that neither of them had approached him, especially considering that it was the day of the department's undercover inspection. At the end of the shift in reception, a heated discussion ensued between the doctors and nurses, at which point Seb's father Archie happened to be passing. It was then that he revealed himself as the undercover inspector, surprising and upsetting Elle and the rest of the team. (CAS: "About My Mother")

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Seb about to kiss Dylan, shortly before being rejected.

In December, Dylan once again showed a harsh side to Seb during the shift despite the fact he was doing well. Although the patient ultimately died, Dylan informed Seb that it wasn't his fault and that he did everything right. Feeling bad for Seb, Dylan agreed to go to the staff Christmas party after work. When he failed to show up, Seb turned up at his houseboat sad and drunk. However, Seb mistook Dylan's empathy for flirting and went in to kiss him. When Dylan backed away in shock, Seb ran out, mortified. (CAS: "All I Want for Christmas Is You") The following day it was Christmas Eve and Seb brought Dylan a gift in an attempt to apologise for the night before. However, it was clear that Dylan was prepared to put what happened behind him. During the shift, Dylan found a rash on a young boy's stomach which Seb hadn't noticed when he tried to discharge the boy. This resulted in Dylan issuing him with a final warning, and he threatened to fail him in the new year if he didn't get his act together. Upset and annoyed, Seb told Elle that Dylan tried to kiss him the night before in an attempt to drop Dylan in trouble and deflect away from his own poor judgements. (CAS: "Bah Humbug")

On New Year's Eve, Dylan arrived for work and was friendly and encouraging to Seb, willing to give him one final chance to prove himself. Seb later spoke to Elle about not getting HR involved in the complaint and asked if he could swap mentors, but she told him that he'd have to start the whole rotation again. After Seb told Louise the lie, she quickly spread the story, and Max warned Dylan to be careful around Seb, sensing that something wasn't right. Dylan spoke to Elle, and she told him about the allegation. He told her that it was a complete lie, but she told him that she'd deal with it and not to make anything worse. After stabilising a patient later in the shift, Dylan told Seb to think carefully before he went ahead with the allegation. However, Louise had already forwarded an image onto Elle that showed Seb hugging Dylan in the background. She called him up on it, which led to a public confrontation between Dylan and Seb. Elle assured Seb that she'd be contacting HR, whilst Dylan went home in a rage and trashed his boat. (CAS: "New Year, New Me, New You")


Dylan and Seb talking to Archie outside the ED.

The following day, Dylan was awoken in his mess of a houseboat by Max and Jez, who'd arrived to try to get him to go back to work. During the shift, Jez attempted to record Seb confessing the truth, but when Seb found out he went straight to Elle. She instructed Dylan to stay non-clinical for the day and reminded him of their meeting with Ric Griffin. However, when Seb later froze in resus, Dylan talked him through the procedure, believing that he could be a good doctor. Although Dylan missed the meeting, Seb later withdrew his complaint and admitted to lying. After work, Seb told Dylan he was leaving, at which point Dylan informed him that he'd secured him a placement at St. James Hospital and wished him the best of luck. (CAS: "What Lurks in the Heart")

Helping Glen Edit

In February, Dylan attended Charlie's stag party in Barry. However, when Charlie went missing Dylan led the investigation into where he was. When he visited a pub during the search, he found Glen Thomas who later took him to his house. (CAS: Episode 1061) Meanwhile, Ethan and Cal got into trouble with a man who had accused them of stealing a briefcase from him. When the police arrived, they recognised Dylan's name as the one that Charlie had given as his emergency contact; Charlie had been apprehended for resisting arrest. Charlie was released and Dylan managed to drive them all back to Holby in time for the wedding. (CAS: "The Stag, the Dog and the Sheep")

The following day, Dylan returned to Barry to inform Glen that Robyn was pregnant with his child. Having previously resigned himself to his fate, he now wanted to prolong his life to be able to hold his child before he died. Dylan began looking for a specialist and found his old tutor and renowned surgeon Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson who sympathised with Glen's plight and travelled to the UK to operate on him for free. (CAS: Episode 1061)

Later that month, Dylan attended Elle's tribunal hearing to give evidence. Although he thought of it all as unfair on Elle, Connie's legal aid cleverly worded questions so he was forced to admit that he would have acted differently. Either way, Connie dropped the case later in the day when Elle saved her life. (CAS: "You Are Your Only Limit") The following week, Dylan became infuriated with the influx of binge drinkers in the department. He told Louise about an idea he'd seen where medics would go out on the streets to prevent drinkers wasting time in EDs. (CAS: "Binge Britain")


Dylan giving his presentation for the booze bus proposal to the board. (CAS: "It Starts With the Shoes")

In March, Dylan presented his ideas to the board about the booze bus, but they only listened when Louise showed them first-hand the effects binge drinkers were having on the department. They later agreed to fund it. (CAS: "It Starts With the Shoes") The following week, Dylan became concerned about David's manic behaviour at work, and his concerns grew upon discovering that David's psychiatrist was simply a figment of his imagination. (CAS: "The Good Samaritan") After Robyn gave birth to a daughter named Charlotte later that day, (CAS: "Mobile") Dylan informed Glen and let him secretly visit her. (CAS: Episode 1061)

In April, Sam Strachan, as the hospital's new Medical Director, announced that budget cuts would be taking place and that all consultants would have to re-interview for their jobs. (CAS: "Sleeping With the Enemy") A few weeks later, Sam sent Dylan home as a result of the budget cuts, which left the other staff furious. (CAS: "When the Whistle Blows") During the month, Dylan visited Hadlington Clinic to assist in Glen's operation. When Dylan asked him questions to test his memory and speech functions, Glen suffered a bleed and seized. After Zsa Zsa removed a large portion of his tumour, he fell into a coma. (CAS: Episode 1061)

Cal's death and aftermath Edit

Later in April, Dylan was shocked when Lily was admitted to the ED after having been hit by a car. He later found Iain's sister Gemma crying in a storage cupboard and discovered that she had got something in both her eyes. He suspected that she was responsible for hitting Lily, but Iain instantly rejected these claims, although she later took responsibility and handed herself in. Later that day as Dylan was leaving work, he found Cal lying on the pavement near the car park with a bleeding stab wound to his chest. He rushed him into the ED but they were too late and Cal died. (CAS: "Reap the Whirlwind - Part Two")

The week after Cal's death, Dylan was able to get through to a patient and convince him to receive treatment. This boosted Dylan's confidence after being annoyed with himself for not being able to save Cal. At the pub after the shift, Dylan put Sam's phone in his pint of beer out of anger for his lack of compassion for the events surrounding Cal's death. (CAS: "Break Point") Later in the month, Sam informed Dylan and Elle that the consultant interviews would be taking place in the next few weeks. (CAS: "End of the Road")


Dylan during his panic attack in the toilets. (CAS: "War of the Roses")

In June, Dylan visited Glen who had regained consciousness but had suffered the loss of all vocal capacity and diminished physical movement on his entire right-hand side. When Zsa Zsa had to return to the US, he apologised for not keeping in touch and bid her farewell. (CAS: Episode 1061) Later that month, the date of Dylan's interview arrived. He was reluctant to cooperate with Sam's budget cuts and therefore attempted to cut the interview short. When Sam questioned why Dylan was doing this, he admitted to questioning himself since Cal's death. Ultimately, Sam stepped down as Medical Director, eliminating the need to get rid of one of the consultants. (CAS: "It Had to Be You") The following week, Dylan continued to struggle in the aftermath of Cal's death. Whilst treating a feisty retired nurse, he suffered a panic attack. However, David ensured that he was there to support Dylan and together they got to the bottom of the woman's symptoms. (CAS: "War of the Roses") When he visited Glen after he injured his knee during physiotherapy, Glen decided to give up. However, determined to see him reunited with Robyn and his daughter, Dylan convinced him to carry on, even resorting to having Zsa Zsa coach Glen during physio. (CAS: Episode 1061)

Later in July, Dylan began looking into online dating websites for David, who'd been working his way through a checklist to improve his confidence at work. (CAS: "Man Up") Max managed to set up a speed dating session at the pub over the road the following week. Dylan attended but was unimpressed with his match, Pam, a cleaner from the hospital. His attention was soon diverted when Max's date Tara fainted and had to be rushed over to the ED. (CAS: "Somewhere Between Silences - Part One")

Trip to France and meeting Sanosi Edit

In August, Dylan travelled to Northern France to volunteer at a refugee camp with David, Alicia and Louise. Once there, Dylan bonded with 12-year-old Sanosi, who was at the camp with his older sister Mariam. With relatives in the UK, they were desperate to make it across the border, but Dylan's sympathy for the duo was reduced when Sanosi contemplated stealing Dylan's wallet. As a result of this, they decided to make a run for it and go with the human traffickers to the container port. When the cables holding the crate snapped, Mariam fell to her death, whilst Dylan rescued Sanosi. (CAS: Episode 1049)


Dylan and David during the inspection of their car. (CAS: Episode 1050)

Following Mariam's death, Sanosi pleaded with Dylan to smuggle him back to the UK, but Dylan refused. This caused a rift in their bond and Dylan soon started to reconsider. He decided to leave the camp early, taking David with him. Just before boarding the ferry, David noticed that Dylan had hidden Sanosi in the back of the vehicle. They narrowly avoided getting caught by border control officers, due to the fact another man from the camp had hidden underneath their car. They managed to get back to the UK with Sanosi, and went to a drive-thru, something that Sanosi had always dreamed about doing in the UK. (CAS: Episode 1050)

Later that month, Dylan followed a woman who saw running away with a man's possessions onto an abandoned boat and demanded her to return the items. However, the floor beneath him gave way and Dylan fell through the boat's deck. Dylan called David to come to rescue him as he had dislocated his knee. Unfortunately, when trying to pull Dylan out with a rope, David accidentally lost his footing and fell into the boat too. They soon found a ladder and escaped. David took Dylan back to his houseboat but Dylan began to panic when Sanosi was nowhere to be seen and injured his knee further. Consequently, they went to the ED to quietly treat Dylan's knee so they could resume their search for Sanosi. However, when they returned to Dylan's home, they were elated to find Sanosi. Upon mentioning Sanosi's uncle Kamal, David provided Dylan with his phone number. (CAS: Episode 1051)

After a week of trying to contact Kamal, Kamal returned Dylan's call and the two agreed to meet at the former's apartment to give him Sanosi. Later, Dylan was horrified when Kamal was admitted to the ED with sharp abdominal pains. Upon learning that he had consumed condoms filled with heroin, Dylan promptly contacted the police and decided to give Sanosi to the authorities. However, after Sanosi pleaded with him to stay and despite David's cautioning, Dylan chose to continue looking after Sanosi. (CAS: Episode 1052)


Dylan seeing Sam for the first time in years. (CAS: Episode 1053)

In September, Dylan was shocked to discover that Sam Nicholls had returned to Holby as a paramedic. After she had clamped a patient's femoral artery with a non-sterile instrument and potentially compromised their leg, Dylan told Connie that he carried out the procedure. (CAS: Episode 1053)

In October, Dylan argued with David about Sanosi's future; Sanosi overheard the feud and escaped the houseboat. When they found him injured, they decided to take him into the ED to treat him. They became agitated when Louise questioned the story they concocted surrounding his injuries and suggested calling social services. In cubicles, Dylan began to panic at the prospect of getting caught, prompting David to slap some sense into him. After treating him, Dylan quickly returned home to look after Sanosi. Unbeknownst to him, Louise found Sanosi's jacket and discovered a food token in his pocket; Louise soon began to connect the dots. (CAS: Episode 1055)

Later that month, Louise found Sanosi living on Dylan's houseboat. They argued as they went into work, attracting Connie's attention. Soon, a woman from social services arrived at the ED after they were alerted by someone who saw Sanosi at the boathouse. After being questioned, Dylan suspected that Louise reported him and began fighting with her and Elle in cubicles, prompting Connie to reprimand them. When she noticed that Dylan had been buying computer games, she dug up his patient notes from the day in question. Later that day, Connie asked Dylan and David to meet her in her office but Dylan failed to attend. Frustrated, she met Dylan at his houseboat and invited herself in. When she found nothing suspicious, she warned him that he should expect dire consequences if his actions implicate the ED. (CAS: Episode 1057)


Sanosi embracing Dylan after having flashbacks of France in the department lift. (CAS: Episode 1058)

The following day, after Sanosi spent the night at Louise's house, she demanded that he be gone by the end of the day. Left with no other options, Dylan tendered his resignation and told Sanosi to pack his bags. However, when Dylan got caught up with a patient, Sanosi made his way to the ED. Dylan found Sanosi upset after he followed a woman he thought was Mariam into the hospital lift and began having flashbacks of France. Dylan decided to leave Holby with Sanosi but, after David intervened, he took Sanosi to the police to hand himself in. Later, after David visited to return his letter of resignation, Dylan turned to alcohol. (CAS: Episode 1058)

Alcoholism Edit

In November, Dylan took Glen to the ED to meet Robyn again. Robyn was angry with Glen for abandoning her and Charlotte but, after Dylan gave her a video message from Glen addressed to her and Charlotte, she allowed him to be there at their daughter's christening. (CAS: Episode 1061)

In January 2018, Dylan was made acting Clinical Lead in Connie's absence. He woke up hungover and almost ran over a woman on his way to work. Although his breathalyser test came back clear, the woman blackmailed him into finding her a place which would allow her to keep her dog. After he diagnosed her with Gerstmann syndrome and helped her find a suitable place, she admitted that she wasn't going to tell the police, but she encouraged him to seek help. The following morning, Dylan called Zoe and told her that he felt that everything was falling apart. (CAS: Episode 1066) The following week, she briefly returned to Holby. After she left for the airport later that day, Dylan emptied a bottle of liquor down the drain. (CAS: Episode 1067) The next day, his alcoholism began to affect his work as he allowed a woman to discharge herself after refusing treatment. She soon collapsed outside and nearly died as a result of sepsis, which he failed to diagnose. Ethan reprimanded him for his mistake, prompting Dylan to resign as acting Clinical Lead. (CAS: Episode 1068)


Dylan being restrained outside a bar. (CAS: Episode 1069)

Later that month, Dylan caused a scene at a bar and was subsequently taken to the ED's booze bus where Louise treated him. In the morning, Dylan threw himself into work, but his hangover soon began to affect his performance. Feeling unwell, Dylan asked Ethan, who assumed the role of acting Clinical Lead, if he could leave early, but Ethan refused to let him go, citing staffing shortages. Dylan continued drinking and endangered a patient's life when he insisted on performing an unnecessary procedure whilst drunk. Louise informed Ethan, prompting him to hand over Dylan's cases to Elle. Later, after tackling a domestic abuse case, Ethan gave Dylan a few weeks off work to sort himself out. That evening, Dylan decided to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. (CAS: Episode 1069)

In March, Dylan met Ciara Cassidy at an AA meeting, and she tried to persuade him to join her for a drink. He turned her down, prompting her to take fellow alcoholic Joseph to the pub instead. The following day, Ciara and Joseph arrived at the ED after the latter suffered a stroke. Dylan tried to save Joseph, but the damage dealt to his brain was catastrophic. Ciara walked into resus as Dylan let him go, leaving her devastated. Believing that Dylan was incompetent due to his alcoholism, she told his colleagues about his conditions and left before being treated. Dylan later found her at The Hope & Anchor and convinced her to seek treatment for her alcoholism. That evening, inspired to beat his addiction, he attended another meeting. (CAS: Episode 1074)


Dylan talking to Sam about his alcoholism. (CAS: Episode 1078)

Later that month, after Glen told him that he had experienced a seizure, Dylan took him for a CT scan and found that there was a midline shift. Dylan told him that he required immediate medical attention, but Glen decided to prioritise his wedding. After trying to call Glen numerous times, he left Robyn a voicemail telling her to return to the department with Glen as soon as possible. (CAS: Episode 1077) Later, Bea, who had learned from Ciara that Dylan was an alcoholic, asked to shadow him, fearing his addiction was affecting his work. After she questioned his judgement in front of a patient, he became embarrassed when she unintentionally made his alcoholism public. Concerned, Sam asked him why he kept his problems secret during their marriage, but Dylan coldly dismissed her. Afterwards, he gave Glen a DNAR form to sign when he decided to end his treatment. He passed away later that day. Bea apologised to Dylan, and he agreed to continue teaching her. (CAS: Episode 1078) In April, wanting to understand why he kept his alcoholism a secret from her, Sam suggested going out for a meal together, but he declined. (CAS: Episode 1079)

In May, Dylan treated Bea's father Dougie and suggested that he had been drinking whilst taking disulfiram. Later, after learning that Bea had resigned, Dylan caught her on her way out and encouraged her to stay. She subsequently decided to remain in Holby. (CAS: Episode 1083)

Sam's death and relationship with Ciara Edit

In July, Dylan, Sam and Jan attended the scene of a crash involving Iain, Ruby and Alicia. Sam was unknowingly injured by shrapnel after a fuel tanker exploded, and she succumbed to her injuries later that night. (CAS: Episode 1093) Later that week, Dylan had a meeting with his AA sponsor who was concerned about hitting the bottle again in grief. At work, a patient named Amy, who was taken in after drinking methylated spirits, specifically asked Dylan to treat her, and he soon found out that Ciara was accompanying her. Believing that she was responsible for Amy's methanol poisoning, he asked her to wait in the relatives' room, but he soon found her outside experiencing DTs. After telling him that she and Amy went cold turkey so the latter could retain custody of her son, Dylan promised to find her help with her addiction. David told him that there was nobody available, and Dylan ordered him to take her off the system. However, she later had a withdrawal seizure, forcing him to put her back on it. Connie confronted him when she found out that Ciara had breached the four-hour rule by a staggering eight hours, and told him that a CQC investigation was inevitable. In cubicles, he agreed to look after Ciara's dog Bacchus while she received treatment, and he later decided to become her sponsor. (CAS: Episode 1094) In August, Dylan received a letter from human resources asking him to clear out Sam's locker, and he asked Jacob to take part. Later that day, after walking Dervla and Bacchus together, Dylan and Ciara shared a passionate kiss and decided to spend the night together. (CAS: Episode 1095)


Dylan telling Iain that Sam deserved better than him. (CAS: Episode 1096)

In September, at Sam's funeral, Dylan interrupted Iain's speech and publicly blamed him for her death. Iain confronted him outside the ED. When Dylan called him a brute and told him that Sam deserved better than him, Iain punched him and knocked him to the ground. After Jan pulled Iain away, Connie ordered Dylan to go to her office. Later, Ciara arrived at the ED and persuaded him to walk the dogs with her instead of going to The Hope & Anchor. (CAS: Episode 1096)

Later that month, Dylan arrived at Ciara's house, and she didn't answer the door; unbeknownst to him, she was at a pub. The following day, he became more concerned when she didn't turn up at an AA meeting. Later, David treated Ciara after she was admitted to the ED and deliberately did not inform Dylan of her presence. She soon found him, and David told him that he believed that she had been drinking. She became frustrated when Dylan asked her where she was the night before, and she stormed out of the department. Once her blood results came back and showed no traces of alcohol, Dylan and David searched for her. They soon found her unresponsive in The Hope & Anchor and took her into the hospital. However, she decided to discharge herself and left Dylan a farewell note. Distraught, he lashed out at David. Later, he went to her Ciara's house to make amendments, but he was saddened when he was greeted by her husband Joel. (CAS: Episode 1097)

The following week, Dylan tried to avoid Ciara when she was admitted to the ED with abdominal pain, but he was forced to treat her due to a lack of available consultants. She described her symptoms to him, and he asked David to run a pregnancy test; it comes back positive. Dylan takes Ciara into resus and, upon hearing the news, she asked him not to tell Joel since it wasn't his child. When she showed signs of vaginal bleeding, Dylan solemnly told her that he believed she was suffering from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Joel entered resus and asked what was going on, prompting Dylan to tell them that he didn't know yet. Dylan successfully resuscitated Ciara after she began to rapidly deteriorate, and Joel thanked him for saving her life. In the staff room, Dylan tried to process what happened, but he was soon dragged back into cubicles to treat two trauma patients. In a side room, Ciara told Dylan that she was living with Joel because she was lonely. Dylan told her that, as much as he wanted them to be together, he believed that their relationship was toxic and broke up with her. However, upon reflection, he returned and told her in vague terms that he had a change of heart. He was left saddened when she assured him that his initial decision was the right one. Distraught, he went to a pub and started drinking again. (CAS: Episode 1098)


Dylan resisting the urge to punch Brian. (CAS: Episode 1101)

In October, Dylan struggled to cope with his breakup with Ciara and the loss of their child, and he decided to pack his bags to leave Holby. However, he was interrupted by Brian who turned up at his door to make amends. Dylan dismissed him and decided to go to the pub, prompting Brian to offer him a lift and to bet that he could resist the urge to drink. At the pub, Brian told him about his moment of clarity, but Dylan left to go to the toilet as soon as he mentioned his realisation that he didn't want to die. Unbeknownst to Dylan, his father called Zsa Zsa after she repeatedly tried to call him, and he told her the name of the pub they were at. After buying another glass of whiskey, Dylan told Brian about his relationship with Ciara and her ectopic pregnancy, and Brian apologised to him for his treatment of him and his mother. Dylan indulged him and told him that he could make it up to him by drinking with him. Brian refused and tried to leave, but, after Dylan criticised him for not having the guts to make a sacrifice for his son, he bit the bullet and started drinking. Once Brian became drunk, Dylan secretly went to the toilets and called Hazel. Shortly after, outside the pub, Brian got into an argument with her over the phone, and he was devastated when she broke up with him for good. He soon realised that Dylan called her and asked him if he wanted blood. Dylan told him that he wanted more than that, prompting Brian to goad him into "[being] a man" and hitting him. Dylan punched him in the face, causing Brian to hit his head on a nearby table. After Dylan briefly assessed him, Brian staggered up to him and collapsed in his arms. He carried him back inside, and he began to panic when Brian fell unconscious. David, Zsa Zsa and Jeffers soon arrived, and Dylan begged Zsa Zsa to save his father. She reluctantly agreed and drilled a makeshift burr hole to evacuate a clot. When the clot was found, she persuaded Dylan to remove it. He managed to successfully extract it, and he accompanied Brian to the ED. Upon arriving, an irate Connie ordered him and Zsa Zsa to see her in her office. There, she reprimanded Zsa Zsa for her recklessness and told Dylan that, if he didn't want help from his colleagues, he could pack his bags and leave. Outside, Dylan thanked Zsa Zsa for everything she did for him and declined her offer to go to the US with her. After they hugged each other goodbye, David escorted her and Jeffers to the airport. (CAS: Episode 1101)


Dylan after sharing a kiss with Ciara. (CAS: Episode 1102)

Later that month, on his first day back at work, Joel asked Dylan to treat Ciara after she fell and cut herself on broken glass. Dylan planned to have her discharged as soon as possible, but she soon collapsed and believed that her symptoms were being caused by damage to her liver. Joel told him that Ciara had been acting different for the past few days and asked him if there was anything that he needed to know; Dylan admitted that he met her at an AA meeting. Her obs showed that her symptoms were being caused by an infection, rather than liver disease, and, once Joel left to get her a drink, she showed Dylan and Louise a cyst on her leg. After he drained it, she told him that Joel knew that something was wrong. Unbeknownst to them, after David unintentionally mention to him that Ciara had a salpingectomy, Joel found out about her ectopic pregnancy. Dylan asked Ciara if Joel was responsible for her injury, but she insisted that she hurt herself by accident. After he asked for Ciara's GP notes, Connie ordered him to discharge her. As Joel left to pick Ciara up by reception, Dylan confronted him after he realised that he had laced her drink with alcohol. In the lift, Dylan told her that he knew that their relationship could work and implored her not to go home with Joel. They shared a kiss, and she asked him if she could go home with him. When he said that she couldn't, she decided to go with Joel, leaving Dylan devastated. On the houseboat, Dylan contemplated drinking again, but he threw his glass of whiskey on the floor, shattering it. (CAS: Episode 1102)

In November, Dylan called Ciara, and he was horrified to hear her screaming as Joel physically abused her. He decided to go to her house to stop Joel, but David persuaded him to call the police instead. Once Ciara and Joel were taken into the ED, Connie warned him to back off. He tried to ask Ciara if she was alright, but she told him to go away. After viewing her X-rays that showed healed broken ribs and hearing from Robyn that she had bruises, Dylan interrupted a meeting Ciara was having with an IDSVA, undoing all of the progress she had made in confronting her abuse. Later, Ciara ran to the women's toilets after she became uncomfortable with Joel repeatedly kissing her, and David signalled to Dylan as he blocked Joel's path. Dylan found her and told her that he loved her. She walked out of the cubicle, and the two embraced. Back at the ED, Dylan supported her as she told Joel that their relationship was over. Dylan told her that she would likely have to go to a women's refuge, but she asked him if she could stay with him. He agreed, and they left together in his car. However, as they made their way to the houseboat, Joel pursued them and rammed his car into Dylan's. As they drove around a corner, Joel crashed into a parked car. As they looked back at the accident, Dylan unintentionally drove directly into an approaching van. (CAS: Episode 1105)

Following the crash, Dylan tried to treat all of the casualties, including Joel who had an open fracture, and he gave Ciara money for a taxi so she could collect her belongings and wait for him at the houseboat. At the ED, after David treated his head wound, he was summoned by Connie to her office, and he told her that, as he was Ciara's AA sponsor, it was his responsibility to take her to a place of safety. He subsequently began to experience post-concussion syndrome, and he was taken to a cubicle for treatment. Despite Rash and David's orders to stay in bed, Dylan went to resus. There, Joel demanded to know where Ciara was, and Dylan told him that they were going to get as far away from him as possible. Furious, Joel tried to attack him, but he immediately collapsed and had a seizure. Connie told David to take Dylan to the staff room, but, instead, he took Dylan back to the houseboat to meet Ciara. There, Dylan found her carrying bags of her belongings and clothing. She told him that she was going to the airport and asked him to look after Bacchus for her. After Ciara promised him that it wasn't the end, they shared one final kiss before she left in a taxi. (CAS: Episode 1106)


Dylan crying as David read Ciara's card. (CAS: Episode 1109)

On the night of Christmas Eve, Dylan was pulled back into resus after a busy shift to help out with a patient. Once they were treated, he decided to clock off, but he decided to stay as two men were taken in following an explosion. When David questioned his decision to work over the festive season and suggested that it was to do with Ciara's departure, Dylan assured him that he was alright and told him to drop the subject. Later, a patient named Joe suffered a haemothorax and required the rapid infuser, but it had been stolen. Dylan and David struggled to keep Joe alive, and Dylan made a deal with him where Joe would admit to his colleague Alun that he loved him if he survived. The rapid infuser was still nowhere to be found, and Dylan became increasingly frustrated. Fortunately, it was soon recovered, and Joe's life was saved. Outside the ED, Dylan asked David to read a card Ciara had sent him. Dylan told him that he missed her, and David invited him over to his place for a Christmas dinner. (CAS: Episode 1109)

Interest in larval therapy Edit

In March 2019, Dylan became interested in maggot therapy after a homeless patient was admitted to the ED with a maggot-infested wound that was surprisingly clean. (CAS: Episode 1117) The next day, Dylan and Marty took Sacha Levy's daughter Beka to AAU after she was involved in a nasty car crash. There, Sacha disagreed with Dylan's decision to reduce her open femur fracture, but Dylan reminded him that he was not in charge and decided to go ahead with the procedure. Following several unsuccessful attempts, Dylan and Marty managed to reduce the fracture, and Sacha thanked him. (CAS: Episode 1118) Later that month, a patient agreed to participate in Dylan's larval therapy trials, but they soon felt uncomfortable with the maggots and dropped out. After he explained to Jade how the treatment worked, she managed to convince the patient to continue taking part in the trial. (CAS: Episode 1120) In April, Dylan overheard Jade saying that her nursing registration was being withheld due to her criminal record, and he decided to help her by being one of her referees. That afternoon, she was delighted to learn that she had received three references and thanked Dylan for helping her. (CAS: Episode 1122)

On 8 June, Dylan treated the foot of spiritual healer Magdalena Spellbinder after she allegedly stepped on burning coal, and Jade enthusiastically agreed to help him with administering larval therapy. However, he instructed her not to leave the patient as he investigated her foot's sensation. Dylan returned and confronted Magdalena about the circumstances of her injury, and she admitted that she was already aware that she was suffering from peripheral neuropathy and that she actually fell asleep drunk whilst soothing her feet with a heat bag. Dylan subsequently found Jade in resus with a deaf patient named Jason and reprimanded her for abandoning her post. Later, he found her with Jason again and prepared to reproach her, but she pointed out that his injuries were hiding a rash and suggested that he was suffering from meningitis; her suspicions were later confirmed to be correct.

In cubicles, Dylan informed Magdalena that her peripheral neuropathy was the result of an underactive thyroid gland. When he offered her literature about alcohol abuse, she offered him some about how to behave towards others in return, explaining that she specialised in employment tribunals. In the evening, Jade visited Dylan in his office and apologised for not spotting Jason's rash earlier, but she also asserted that she was tired of being forced to perform menial tasks, such as the larval therapy, and wanted to be challenged. Dylan apologised to her for dismissing her concerns about Jason, but he maintained that he gave her the maggots as he believed that she was good at it and posited that she did not believe in her own abilities. (CAS: Episode 1130)

Promotion to Clinical Lead Edit

On 17 August, after Connie took a "leave of absence due to personal reasons", Dylan was appointed as the department's acting Clinical Lead. In the morning, he made a prolonged speech about operational plans, and David stuck a post-it note with a caricature of him to his jacket. However, it was interrupted when a major incident was declared after someone deliberately drove a lorry into Holby Market. As the department prepared for an influx of patients, Dylan appreciated Rash returning to work to help out, and, at the end of the day, he recommended applying for a clinical fellowship position; given that Gem was waiting for him thousands of miles away, Rash was torn. In the staff room, Dylan praised the team for the work during the major incident, but David distracted him as he tried to remove the post-it from his jacket. After the drawing was passed around, Dylan played along when the rest of the team laughed and joked about his tedious speech. (CAS: Episode 1139)

On 31 August, David's son Ollie went missing, and David assured Dylan that he would resolve the situation. However, when Ollie failed to turn up at the ED, Dylan granted him an hour to find him. David soon found his son sitting on the Brinley Road bridge and was forced to rescue him from the river below after he fell in. Once Ollie was admitted to the ED, Dylan discovered that he had a cardiac tamponade due to David's intense CPR and abrasively ordered Jac Naylor to perform a full thoracotomy on him in the trauma theatre. Regardless, she agreed to operate, and Ollie soon stabilised. (CAS: Episode 1141)

On 28 December, F1 Mason Reede was found dead in a store cupboard. Marina Kovac — the on-call manager — was called into the department to help deal with the aftermath, but Dylan took issue with her line of questioning when she scrutinised him and Ethan about Mason's time in the ED and career progression. (CAS: Episode 1155) On 4 January 2020, after Mason's post-mortem showed that he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Dylan publicly denounced the system for contributing to his death and asserted that the ED was "an accident waiting to happen". Feeling that Dylan was not coping, Connie, who had returned to the ED and was set to reassume the role of Clinical Lead, encouraged him to lead by example and later suggested that she take over immediately. He later agreed, and Connie took over as Clinical Lead the next day. (CAS: Episode 1156)

Involvement with Faith Edit

On 18 January, advanced clinical practitioner Faith Cadogan brought her son Luka into the ED after falling off a bed. Although Dylan managed to treat Luka's physical injuries, Dylan was concerned about his poor vision and developmental issues, so he took Luka for a CT scan; the results indicated the presence of a brain tumour; (CAS: Episode 1158) it was later shown to be malignant and had grown around Luka's brainstem. (CAS: Episode 1160)

On 22 February, Dylan contacted Zsa Zsa about Luka's case, and she agreed to speak to his physicians. He promptly informed Faith and her husband Lev of the news, and the two were ecstatic. Later, Dylan told Faith that Zsa Zsa was going to operate on Luka, and Faith thanked him. (CAS: Episode 1163) The following week, Zsa Zsa arrived at the hospital to remove Luka's tumour, but she discovered additional tumour in the cavity. Dylan found Faith reeling in the relatives' room and led her back outside the operating theatre to be with Luka. Zsa Zsa eventually had to stop the operation when she failed to remove any of the additional tumour. (CAS: Episode 1164)

On 4 April, Dylan gave Faith a biscuit that he got with his coffee and made a donation to Noel's charity bike ride on her behalf; David suggested that Dylan was attracted to her, but Dylan rebuked him and claimed that he would have to be "literally certifiable", given her marriage to Lev. Later that day, Faith invited Dylan out for a drink, and he eagerly accepted. However, when Dylan heard that Lev was joining them, he told them that he was feeling "peaky" and left them alone. (CAS: Episode 1168)

The following week, Faith informed Dylan that she was working with him in resus during the shift, but Dylan was keen to avoid working with her and told her to help clear the backlog in cubicles. Nevertheless, Jacob sent Faith to assist in resus. Later, Faith approached Dylan and said that he seemed "a bit off" and offered herself up for a conversation if he needed one; Dylan put his behaviour down to his personality and dismissed her concerns. (CAS: Episode 1169) On 2 May, Dylan relieved Faith of her clerical work so she could attend Luka's chemotherapy session. (CAS: Episode 1171)


Faith and Connie tend to Dylan's gunshot wound. (CAS: Episode 1173)

Later that month, while working with Dylan in cubicles, Faith noted his "brilliant" treatment of children and asked if he did not have children of his own because he struggled with commitment. Later that day, Mick Baxter — the father of a patient named Connor — entered resus with a gun and held Dylan, Faith, Connie and Charlie hostage. Faith quietly suggested that they try to take Mick on as a group, but Dylan called it a "mad" suggestion. When Mick allowed Dylan and Faith to treat Ruth Wadsley, Connor's social worker who Mick shot, Dylan told Faith to retrieve some blood from the fridge, but she also pocketed a syringe. While Mick was distracted, Faith lunged at him with the syringe; as Dylan tried to pull her away, Mick fired a shot which hit Dylan's arm. Once they were released, and Dylan's arm was treated, Dylan told Faith that he did not have a problem with commitment as long as it was with the right person, and he admitted that he had feelings for her. (CAS: Episode 1173)

Personal lifeEdit

Dylan lives with his dog, Dervla. At some point in or before 2011, Dylan married Sam Nicholls. During her time in the army, she had an affair with corporal Iain Dean which Dylan was unaware of. Her working at the hospital after her army career was the primary reason for Dylan's departure in 2012. (CAS: "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus")

In March 2018, Dylan met Ciara Cassidy at an AA meeting. (CAS: Episode 1074) Later that year, in July, he met her again in the ED and decided to become her sponsor. (CAS: Episode 1094) The following month, they shared a passionate kiss and spent the night together. (CAS: Episode 1095) However, in September, the two fell out, and Ciara decided to stay with her estranged husband Joel. (CAS: Episode 1097) The following week, Ciara was admitted to the ED, and she and Dylan were devastated to learn that she was suffering from an ectopic pregnancy. Feeling that their relationship was toxic, he decided to break up with Ciara, but he soon changed his mind. Unfortunately, she turned him down and decided to stay with Joel. (CAS: Episode 1098)


Dylan and Ciara in November 2018. (CAS: Episode 1105)

In October, Joel took Ciara to the ED, and Dylan realised that he had been exacerbating her alcoholism. He tried to convince her to leave him, but, when he admitted that she was not able to stay with him, she went back to Joel, much to Dylan's dismay. (CAS: Episode 1102) The following month, after he learned that Joel was physically and mentally abusing her, he told her that she didn't deserve his abuse and admitted that he loved her. The two reconciled, and Ciara decided to end her relationship with Joel. (CAS: Episode 1105) Later that day, Ciara left the country for a fresh start, but she assured Dylan that it wasn't the end. (CAS: Episode 1106)


Quotes Edit

Main article: Dylan Keogh/Quotes

Behind the scenesEdit

William Beck has portrayed Dylan Keogh on Casualty since his arrival in 2011. He left in 2012 before returning in 2014. Dylan has been well received by fans and critics alike; since his introduction, he has become a fan-favourite character. His initial time on the show was from March 2011 to December 2012. Over 18 months later, Dylan made a surprise return to the show in episode 8 of series 29. He remains a regular on the show.


See also: Dylan Keogh - list of appearances

Dylan made his first appearance in the series 25 episode "Only Human" which aired in March 2011. He was absent from December 2012 to October 2014 during which time he left the ED.


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