Played by​ Jaye Jacobs

16/03/2004 (S6 E24)

Senior Staff Nurse

Donna arrives at Holby City Hospital as a staff nurse on the general surgery ward, making a poor first impression by being disorganised and insolent. Donna invites herself to move in with nurse Lisa Fox. The two have a strained relationship: within weeks, Donna is evicted for falling behind on her rent, and when she is later allowed to move back in, she lets bailiffs take Lisa’s possessions after failing to keep up her own loan repayments. Forced to run a shift in charge of the hospital’s Acute Assessment Unit as recompense, Donna struggles to manage and learns a new respect for Lisa.

Donna falls in love with agency nurse Kieran Callaghan, and is devastated when he is called to serve in Afghanistan with the Territorial Army (TA). Kieran asks her to marry him, but Donna refuses, terminating their relationship with the intention of giving Mia stability. When Kieran is injured by an improvised explosive device (IED), Donna reconsiders, supporting him through the amputation of his leg. Upon learning that he will be transferred to a rehabilitation unit in Liverpool, Donna resigns in order to move there with him.

Donna returned to the wards of Holby City in 2017, where she instantly made a bad impression on Fletch. In May 2018, Donna applied to become a senior staff nurse on AAU. Abigail didn’t like the fact of this, but left it up to Nursing Director Fletch to decide.

Previous Positions:

  • Staff Nurse (2004-2010, 2017-18)
  • Ward Sister (2010-2011)​


  • Donna left the wards of Holby City on the 8 March 2011 (S13 E21)
  • Donna returned on the 27 June 2017 (S19 E38)