“They were all incredible humans… and I’m truly grateful”
The 45-year-old, from Bispham, revealed her hospital stay on Instagram after posting photos of herself on an IV drip captioned “So…. Not the greatest of weekends” but didn’t explain the full reason for the visit. Hayley, who is best known for her role as Delilah Dingle in Emmerdale and Andrea Beckett in Corrie, today (September 1) announced that she was hospitalised with viral meningitis and “got poorly very quickly”.
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. It can be very serious if not treated quickly and can cause life-threatening blood poisoning and permanent damage to the brain or nerves.
The former Montgomery High School pupil, who was seen hooked up to the drip as she lay in the hospital bed under a blanket, had a high temperature which kept rising, a stiff neck and aching body, and said her “head felt like it might explode”. The mum-of-one explained how she contacted family friend and Blackpool doctor Anthony Kearns and was told to “get to hospital asap” after listing her symptoms.
At the hospital, Dr Karun told the former ITV Dancing on Ice contestant that he believed she had meningitis but it was not clear whether this was bacterial or viral. Hayley was given strong antibiotics through a drip and further tests later confirmed it was viral meningitis.
Hayley said she was sent home from hospital after a few days and today hailed “all incredible humans” who helped her at hospital. She also praised fans for their loving messages and support.
In an Instagram post this morning captioned ‘a little explanation and some huge thanks’, Hayley wrote: “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 our family friend Anthony Kearns who is a doctor at Blackpool Hospital and told him my symptoms and he told me to get to hospital asap.
“I was taken into a cubicle and straight away 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 given strong antibiotics through a drip. Then a brain scan and a lumber puncture confirmed it was viral. And a few days later I was sent home.
“I seriously can’t thank the doctors and nurses enough at Blackpool Hospital for taking care of me. Some amazing nurses I met: Mandy AP Jess, Angie, Josh, Neethu and Caitlin – who held my hand through the lumber puncture.
“I squeezed it that tight I honestly thought Id broken her fingers. There were many others who’s names sadly escape me. But they were all incredible humans. And I’m truly grateful..”
Celebrities and fans rushed comment on Hayley’s post, with Corrie actress Georgia Taylor said: “Oh gosh darling, you poor thing! So glad to hear you’re doing ok now. Sending love.”
Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria on Corrie, replied: “Massive hugs Hayley.. rest up.”
thehonestmidwife wrote: “Sending lots of love and hoping for a speedy recovery.”
Shaughna Phillips said: “Glad you’re on the mend Hayley!”
Alex Lukasz commented: “Thinking of you and sending.”
- 09:09, 1 SEP 2022