Hollyoaks spoilers: Maxine to leave Patrick following horrific fall – first look pictures

But will Maxine choose to stay in a women's refuge after next week's shock confrontation?

Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson) is to leave the abusive and manipulative Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield) after a confrontation endangers her unborn baby and lands her in hospital.

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The showdown comes after Blessing (Modupe Adeyeye) organises a surprise hen-do for Maxine and whisks her away to the Loft. But when Patrick tracks his fiancé down and confronts her, Maxine loses her balance and tumbles down the Loft’s fire escape.

After getting medical help, Maxine is relieved to hear that her baby is OK, but Patrick labels her “a disgusting excuse for a mother” for putting their child in danger. However, Patrick’s behaviour has been noticed by Maxine’s doctor, who then gives her a card for a domestic abuse referral service.

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Later, after Patrick goes to bed early, Maxine calls Dennis (Joe Tracini) for help to get her to a women’s refuge. When Patrick finds out that Maxine has gone, he begs Dennis and Dodger (Danny Mac) to tell him where she is. At the refuge, Maxine is worrying whether she’s done the right thing, but when Dennis meets up with her in the park, he’s quick to urge her to stay exactly where she is…