Strictly's Shirley Ballas required stitches after severely cutting her hand

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has resorted to taping a plastic bag over her hand to cool off in her pool after accidentally cutting herself.

The 60-year-old dance teacher attended A&E for an x-ray and treatment after accidentally cutting her hand so deep she is believed to have damaged the tendons.

Ballas told her 186k followers in a clip posted on her Instagram stories: "This morning, I sliced my hand and it went so deep that it’s really really through the flesh.

"There was blood everywhere, so I’m now at A&E and I think I’m going to have a few stitches. Watch this space."

Shirley Ballas has had seven stitches in her hand after a household accident. (Getty Images)
Shirley Ballas has had seven stitches in her hand after a household accident. (Getty Images)

She later revealed she had had seven stitches and was being sent for an x-ray to check the tendon damage.

Ballas said: "I think it’s gone all the way through to the tendons so they’re going to send me to another hospital."

She added: "It looks small but extremely painful."

And the former dance champion then posted an update video from her outdoor swimming pool, showing off a blue plastic bag taped over her right hand and forearm to keep the wound dry.

<p>Shirley Ballas shows off a plastic bag taped over her hand as she cools off in her pool. The Strictly Come Dancing judge - who is undergoing cancer treatment - has had seven stitches in her hand following a kitchen injury.
Shirley Ballas shows off a plastic bag taped over her hand as she cools off in her pool. (Instagram)

Ballas said: "Quite painful but trying to keep it up as I do some exercise. All taped up but still painful. Hey ho got to keep moving!"

She later added: "I'm surviving with my arm and learning to do everything with the left!"

The Strictly star – who contracted coronavirus in March this year – revealed in June she was being tested for cancer after a lump was found in her shoulder.

While Ballas was being treated for Covid aftereffects (AKA long Covid), doctors discovered a "cyst or tumour" between two bones of her shoulder.

Ballas told GB News: "I am going backwards and forwards to the hospital all the time. I feel I seem to be getting sicker by the minute. I can't seem to get up and out. It's something between two bones and they are not really sure what it is yet.

<p>Shirley Ballas shows off a plastic bag taped over her hand as she cools off in her pool. The Strictly Come Dancing judge - who is undergoing cancer treatment - has had seven stitches in her hand following a kitchen injury.
Shirley Ballas told fans she is 'surviving' after injuring her right hand. (Instagram)

"They have done the dye and the MRIs plus this and that. I get the results in a few weeks. The gentleman seems to think it will be fine but, still, it is worrying."

The dancer had her DD breast implants removed in 2019 after discovering a growth on her chest.

There is a history of cancer in Ballas's family. Her mother Audrey was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2019, and her grandmother and aunt have also battled the illness.