Craig Charles rushed to hospital after suffering 'sudden pains' live on air on BBC radio
24.03.2023 - 22:55
Craig Charles was rushed to hospital after falling ill live on air during his BBC Radio 6 music slot.
The former Coronation Street actor, 58, experienced shooting pains up his shoulder and neck and was unable to hold a pen during his show. Speaking on the radio on Friday, Craig detailed the scary ordeal to listeners as he revealed he pushed through the illness to finish his show.
Craig recounted the incident: “My hands couldn't grip the pen and my fingers were tingling. I had a pain in the right side of me shoulder going up my neck and into the back of my head."
He added: "The producer asked: 'Are you okay?' I said, 'Not really, but we'll get through the show."
Craig’s team suggested he should go to his hospital before his wife Jackie picked him up and insisted they go to A&E at Wythenshawe Hospital. The Red Dwarf actor spent 24 hours in hospital undergoing various scans and tests, and underwent an ECG to check for heart problems before getting the all clear.
"They gave me an instant ECG to make sure that my heart was fine and all that," Craig added. The presenter added he spent five hours in the waiting room before being seen, but praised the "understaffed" facility for their "brilliant" care.
"This is no disrespect or no criticism of Wythenshawe Hospital they were brilliant, they were professional, they were caring, they were dedicated," he said.
"It's just they're understaffed and they're overworked so they called me in at sort of quarter to ten at night and said you'll have to have a CT scan.”
Craig said the CT scan came back all clear with "nothing wrong with the brain and the blood flows going quite nicely from my neck up into my head so I'm fine".
He was asked to stay for an MRI scan so he had to stay in overnight -