Hayley Tamaddon has shared a health update after being diagnosed with meningitis, revealing that she was rushed into hospital over the weekend.
"Last weekend did not go as planned and I ended up in hospital with meningitis. I got poorly very quickly, and my temperature wasn't coming down, it was going up.
"The light hurt my eyes and my head felt like it might explode. My neck was stiff and my body ached. I rang a family friend, Anthony Kearns, who is a doctor at Blackpool Hospital A&E department and told him my symptoms and he told me to get to hospital asap.
"I was taken into a cubicle and straightaway the amazing doctor, Dr Karun, said I think this is meningitis, but at that stage, they weren't sure if it was bacterial or viral. So I was given strong antibiotics through a drip. Then a brain scan and a lumbar puncture confirmed it was viral. And a few days later I was sent home."
She went on to thank NHS staff who had helped her during her time of need, adding: "They were all incredible humans and I am truly grateful."
Hayley is best known for her roles in some of the UK's most beloved soaps. She appeared in Emmerdale between 2005 to 2007, and then went on to play Steve McDonald's girlfriend in Coronation Street between 2013 and 2015.
Her former co-stars rushed to share their concern, with Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby on Corrie, replying: "Oh gosh darling, you poor thing! So glad to hear you're doing ok now. Sending love."
Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Connor on the ITV soap too, wrote: "Massive hugs Hayley… rest up".
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.
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