She recently admitted that she is terrified as her parents are both battling Covid-19 over the Christmas period.
And Gemma Collins thanked the NHS staff on her Instagram stories on Boxing Day as her father Alan, 72, continues to fight coronavirus at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
Sharing a picture of her father’s doctor, the TOWIE star, 39, gushed that Dr Angus Ehien and his team have been ‘incredible’.
Thank you! Gemma Collins thanked the NHS staff on her Instagram stories on Boxing Day as her father Alan, 72, continues to fight coronavirus at Queen’s Hospital in Romford
The candid snap saw the dedicated doctor standing next to her father’s hospital bed wearing full PPE, including a face shield and a face mask.
Although Alan was obscured from the photograph, his hand could be seen with a pulse oximeter clipped to his finger as he continues to recover from the virus.
Alongside the post, she thanked her father’s medical team, writing: ‘Dr Angus Ehien and his team are just incredible.’
Gemma also accompanied her caption with a flood of heart emojis, before sharing another snap of Dr Ehien with ‘thank you’ written in a large pulsing red heart.
‘Incredible’: Sharing a picture of her father’s doctor, the TOWIE star, 39, gushed that Dr Angus Ehien and his team have been ‘incredible’
And Gemma’s mother Joan, 65, is also battling the virus as her father continues to recover from coronavirus in hospital.
It is not the first time that the businesswoman has praised the incredible hospital staff, as she said her father was ‘in the best place’ he could be on Christmas Eve.
Admitting Covid-19 is ‘scary and real’, she posted on Instagram: ‘The doctors and nurses at QUEENS HOSPITAL have been FANTASTIC !
‘They really are HEROS ❤️ DAD is in the best place right now THANK YOU @nhsengland and THANK YOU for all your well wishes ❤️ this is scary and real ! Do not underestimate this virus.’ (sic)
The former Dancing On Ice contestant added in an accompanying post: ‘Thank you for all your lovely messages. dad is in hospital the doctors and nurses have been fantastic beyond wonderful thank you to everyone for your kindness.’ (sic)
Covid: Gemma’s mother Joan, 65, is also battling Covid-19 as her father continues his recovery from the virus in hospital over the Christmas period
Earlier in the day, she had shared a photo of herself holding her father Alan’s hand at his bedside late on Wednesday night, as well as a throwback photo of them together.
Gemma said she wanted to share awareness of ‘how real Covid is’, as her parents Alan and Joan both battle the virus.
The Diva Forever star thanked the hardworking NHS staff for looking after her dad, and wrote: ‘THANK YOU QUEENS HOSPITAL. NHS. ALL THE AMAZING DOCTORS who are helping my dad right now in hospital. NHS. QUEENS HOSPITAL.
Gemma said on Twitter: ‘I’m so scared right now. My dad is so unwell I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime.
‘Covid is so scary laying next to my dad holding his hand right now. I am showing you this to create awareness of how real Covid is.’
‘I’m so scared right now’: It comes after Gemma admitted she is terrified as her parents battle Covid and shared an old photograph of them together on her Instagram page
Worried: Gemma shared a photo of herself holding her father Alan’s hand at his bedside late on Wednesday night as she admitted he is ‘so unwell’
It comes after it emerged Gemma took her mother Joan on a Christmas trip to London just days before she became ‘extremely unwell’ with COVID-19.
The TOWIE star revealed last week she and Joan headed into the capital for a festive outing as they’ve done for many years, adding she was glad they could have their ‘special little Christmas together’.
Gemma’s comments resurfaced just hours after the star revealed both her mum and dad Alan had tested positive for coronavirus.
Speaking in her podcast, Gemma said she and her mum were determined to continue with their Christmas tradition by travelling to London.
She said: ‘I love Christmas but this year, leading up to Christmas is always going to be a little bit different because of the pandemic.
‘So I took my mum to London because we always used to go to London on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th and we’d drive home on Christmas Eve.’
Devastating: It comes after it emerged Gemma took her mother Joan on a Christmas trip to London just days before she became ‘extremely unwell’ with COVID-19
Emotional: Addressing Instagram followers on Tuesday, the TV personality admitted she was heartbroken after witnessing parents Alan and Joan struggle with the respiratory illness
‘I managed to do that earlier with her and it’s a lovely feeling as when I left London I already felt like I’d had my own Christmas. Me and my mum had our special little Christmas together.’
Gemma didn’t specify when exactly the trip took place, but the episode of her podcast was uploaded last week.
On Tuesday, Gemma took to Instagram to reveal she was heartbroken after witnessing her parents struggle with the impact of Covid-19.
She also urged followers to stay safe and heed all necessary guidelines as huge swathes of England adapt to tighter Tier 4 restrictions.
Sharing an image of her mother and father, she wrote: ‘Please please please take notice of the guidelines ! Both my parents are extremely unwell with Covid 19 !
Festive break: Gemma took her mother Joan on a Christmas trip to London just days before she became ‘extremely unwell’ with COVID-19
‘Seeing my dad cry which he never does ! Was a shock and say he would rather be dead then experience everything he is going through right now… this has totally wiped him out and it’s heartbreaking… my mum also is extremely extremely unwell with Covid also, this is real !
‘And please please take notice and keep your loved ones SAFE… it really is petrifying. what a difference a year makes ….’
The post comes after Gemma revealed mother Joan had also been rushed to hospital with pneumonia in March, shortly before Britain’s first national lockdown.
The Only Way Is Essex star shared a snap of her mum’s hand attached to a drip while praising NHS nurses for taking care of her.
Gemma also revealed that Joan has been at higher risk of contracting an infection as she suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.
Worries: The TV personalty previously spoke about her mother’s health struggles after Joan was also hospitalised with pneumonia before the first Covid-19 lockdown in March