Kate Garraway getting ‘help’ behind the scenes at ITV amid Derek’s health battle

Kate Garraway is getting help from ITV's resident doctor Hilary Jones behind-the-scenes, one of her co-workers has revealed.

Lorraine Kelly, who hosts her namesake chat show on weekday mornings, explained Dr Hilary is a "special man" who has been helping Kate following her husband's hospitalisation.

In March, Kate's husband Derek Draper was admitted to hospital with coronavirus, spending weeks in intensive care at the height of the first lockdown.

Derek, 53, has thankfully made progress towards a recovery, having woken up from his induced coma in July, though he remains in hospital in a state of "minimum consciousness".

According to Express.co.uk, Dr Hilary has been giving the GMB star help and advice at work, supporting Kate throughout the personal heartache.

Lorraine said: "He has been an absolute hero throughout this pandemic.

"Bringing clarity and common-sense advice with real empathy and behind the scenes he has been helping Kate [Garraway], whose husband is currently still in hospital.

"And all of our team and crew who have been concerned and worried about themselves and their loved ones."

She finished: "He is a very special man."

Earlier this year, Dr Hilary admitted he was the one who advised Kate to call an ambulance for her husband, when his Covid symptoms took a worrying turn.

Speaking on an episode of Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary explained Derek had sounded breathless on the phone, leading to concerns for his health.

Opening up about the heart-wrenching moment back in June, Dr Hilary said: "He had been deteriorating, his symptoms weren't typical of any means and Kate was worried, so of course she called a colleague at work.

"I'm very very happy to help in those situations, as I have in the past with other people. That's what I do.

"I spoke to Kate and she was concerned about whether she should call an ambulance.

"I said, 'Is it possible to speak to Derek?' I spoke to Derek and I was quite concerned, just the way he was speaking and his breathlessness."

The doctor, who was awarded an MBE earlier this year, came up with a test to examine the severity of Derek's condition, asking him to hold his breath.

He remembered: "It was less than 10 seconds.

"I said to Kate, 'Look, this is time to call an ambulance. He is very breathless, significantly breathless'."

Kate has hopes to spend Christmas with her husband and their two children in the hospital, but with the introduction of the Tier 4 restrictions, it may prove impossible.

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