Hollyoaks airs Sally St Claire's devastating diagnosis

Hollyoaks spoilers follow from Friday's episode on Channel 4 streaming, which doesn't air on E4 until Monday.

Hollyoaks has confirmed that Sally St Claire has been diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The past couple of weeks have seen Sally experience a series of health issues, seeing her undergo surgery for back pain as well as trying to keep the rest of the McQueens in the dark about the details of her hospital trips.

During tonight's (April 12) first-look episode, Sally headed to Dee Valley Hospital to learn the results of her recent abdominal scan while keeping news of the appointment a secret from her family.

However, her plan was thrown into jeopardy when Mercedes McQueen asked Sally to accompany her to a pregnancy check-up so she didn't have to be alone, meaning that the former Hollyoaks High headteacher wasn't able to go alone to the hospital.

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At the hospital, Sally was called into Misbah's office to discuss her scan results, with Sally lying and telling Mercedes that the pair were setting up a book club. Sally then pleaded with Misbah to reschedule the appointment, saying she needed to support Mercedes.

However Misbah shared the results of Sally's scan, revealing that she had an abdominal aortic aneurysm and would have to seek immediate help if she experienced back or abdominal pain as it could've ruptured.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is the swelling of the artery that carries blood from the heart to the abdomen. Most aneurysms are stable, but can cause significant risks should they rupture (NHS).

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Sally then asked Misbah if it could be fixed with surgery, to which the doctor explained that surgery would only be considered if the aneurysm grew as the procedure carried "significant risks".

"What you're telling me is that I've got a ticking time bomb inside of me and it could go off at any momnent?" Sally questioned, while Misbah reassured her that she'd be able to maintain the condition with a healthy and stress-free lifestyle.

Back at home, Mercedes confronted Sally about her behaviour in the hospital, saying she knew that she was hiding something from the family.

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Sally admitted to having a hospital appointment but hid the details of her diagnosis from Mercedes, saying that she had been advised to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Honestly, everything's fine," Sally insisted.

Will Sally be able to keep the truth about her health a secret?

Hollyoaks streams first online via Channel 4 each weekday at 7.30pm. Episodes then air on E4 the following day, before getting their YouTube premiere a week after that.

Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.

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