Former EastEnders star Madeline Duggan has revealed that she fears patients are missing life saving appointments amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The actress — who portrayed the original iteration of Lauren Branning — shared her concerns on social media back in April.
Madeline, who works part-time at GP surgery, tweeted: ‘Really worried about all the other health issues that will be missed due to Covid. please, if your GP says you need to go to the hospital for anything urgent please just go.
‘Iv heard people are not going to their 2WW (suspected cancer) appts. I know it’s scary but so is cancer.
‘I know this because I work in a doctors surgery part time (because being an out of work actress doesn’t pay lol) So many patients are refusing to go A&e & thinking our GPs can fix everything over the phone.
‘If your GP says go to the hospital it’s for good reason.’
Madeline portrayed Lauren Branning in EastEnders between 2006 and 2010, before Jacqueline Jossa ultimately took over the role.
Viewers will have had the opportunity to revisit one of Madeline’s most famous moments as Lauren earlier this week, as the iconic episode from 2007 — which saw Max’s (Jake Wood) affair with Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) exposed — was re-aired.
With the BBC One soap having had to shut down production amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the serial drama was forced to go off the air.
Iconic episodes from years gone by have been broadcast each and every Tuesday, with the Max and Stacey affair revelation being the latest.
EastEnders: Secrets From The Square continues Monday August 10 8pm on BBC One.
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