An accident befalls Albert Square stalwart Dot Cotton next week. Poor Dot trips over her pet cat Dave and is left all alone at home, trapped and unable to move. Patrick pops over to check on her – but can’t hear her cries for help.

After a night in agony, Dot is finally rescued and taken to hospital by ambulance. Patrick is left feeling that he didn’t hear her cries the day before.

Sonia, who eventually discovered Dot on the floor needing medical treatment – probably to her hip – is angry that none of the other residents of the Square were keeping an eye on their oldest neighbour. Will Dot make a full recovery, or is the beginning of the end?