Lorraine Kelly has told of her heartache at being separated from her elderly father after he was taken into hospital.
The Scots presenter’s 79-year-old dad John fell ill with a non-coronavirus related condition and had to be admitted for treatment.
However, the lockdown has meant the chat show host cannot travel from her home in the south of England to visit him in Scotland.
John lives with Lorraine’s mum Anne, 78, in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, where the ITV host was brought up.
Lorraine, who until recently lived in Broughty Ferry, said: “It’s really difficult because my mum and dad are up in Scotland and my poor wee dad has just been taken into hospital.
“It’s not corona-related thank God, but that’s been really worrying because of course I can’t see him.
“And you know what your parents are like. I phone them up and they say ‘we’re fine, we’re fine, we’re fine’ and you know they are really not.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Off The Ball show, she added: “You just want to see their wee faces.
“It’s been difficult and everybody is exactly the same, we are all in the same boat.”
In March, Lorraine revealed that her dad was battling a lung infection and was in a “high risk” group for Covid-19.
Last year, Lorraine praised the NHS for saving her dad’s life after he was injured in a fall and broke his ankle.
He underwent surgery but developed a serious infection.
He was treated by medics at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride who, Lorraine said, went “above and beyond the call of duty”.
She said: “He was lucky to get such excellent treatment from the NHS.
“They say they’re just doing their job, and it’s this response that is typical of our humble heroes.”