Presenter Kim forced off the air by hospital stay
Popular BBC presenter Kim Lenaghan has been inundated with messages from well-wishers after revealing she has had to go into hospital for a series of blood transfusions.
The unexpected medical treatment at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald means that the broadcaster (56) will not be able to present her regular Saturday and Sunday morning programmes on BBC Radio Ulster this weekend.
Fellow Radio Ulster presenter, and Belfast Telegraph Weekend magazine columnist, Kerry McLean is standing in for her.
Posting on her Facebook page last night, The Foodie presenter wrote: "Soooo, 2019 didn't start off quite the way I imagined.
"Hadn't thought I'd unexpectedly end up in hospital needing ongoing blood transfusions!"
Kim praised the work of the dedicated medical staff who were looking after her at the Ulster Hospital.
She added: "God bless our NHS for taking me in and looking after me so well... where would we be without them and the NI Blood Transfusion Service!"
Despite her illness, she apologised to fans for not being able to present her weekend shows.
"Sorry I won't be with you on air tomorrow and Sunday but I'll be back behind the mic the second I'm better," she posted.
More than a hundred well-wishers sent messages to the broadcaster after she went public last night with the news of her medial treatment.
One pal wrote: "Oh my goodness you poor darling - I'm glad you are on the mend - take it easy and try to rest - sending big hugs xo"
Many of Kim's BBC Radio Ulster colleagues also weighed in to send her heartfelt messages of goodwill.
Fellow broadcaster Linley Hamilton, who hosts Radio Ulster's late night jazz show, said: "Wow!!! Take care Kim.
"Get better first... plenty of time to change people's lives with your musical choices later.
"Get well soon."
McLean and broadcaster hubby Ralph also sent their best wishes, adding: "Get well soon Kim! Xx".