TV star thanks medics

THANKS: Businessman Duncan Bannatyne
THANKS: Businessman Duncan Bannatyne

A TV star who was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack has thanked the doctors and nurses who cared for him.

Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, of Wynyard, was admitted to Darlington Memorial Hospital on Monday, after suffering what doctors feared was a heart attack.

But following his release from hospital on Tuesday after tests showed that was not the case, he took to social networking site Twitter to thank medics and the hospital cook for their care.

He told his 540,000 Twitter followers: “Can I just pay tribute to the paramedics who took me to hospital, the fantastic nurses and doctors at Darlington Memorial Hospital and the cook.

“Long live the NHS.”

Mr Bannatyne, who runs a number of fitness centres, hotels and spas, as well as starring on the hit BBC Two show, fell ill at his headquarters in Darlington on Monday.

The 63-year-old has now been ordered to rest.