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Covid-safe visiting room unveiled at Hevercourt Care Home, Gravesend


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People living at a care home were able to see loved ones again after a Covid-safe visiting room was built.

The Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr John Caller, officially opened the designated area for residents' loved ones at the Hevercourt Care Home, Gravesend.

From left, Mayor of Gravesham, Councillor John Caller, care home manager Diane Smith, and wellbeing co-ordinator Jenny Gibbons. Picture: Diane Smith
From left, Mayor of Gravesham, Councillor John Caller, care home manager Diane Smith, and wellbeing co-ordinator Jenny Gibbons. Picture: Diane Smith

Indoor plants were donated by B&Q in Gravesend to decorate the room.

The official unveiling came just days after New Year's Eve, when all staff and residents of the home in Goodwood Crescent received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

Home manager Diane Smith said: "2020 was a long and trying year for the residents, loved ones and staff of Hevercourt.

"We are so proud to now show off our new visiting hub for our residents' loved ones, which was completed in time for visits to commence before Christmas. There has been lots of happy tears.

"Our staff have been absolute heroes, in my eyes, for abiding to the strict distancing rules to keep our residents and colleagues safe and well.

"Families of Hevercourt have been amazingly supportive to the staff team, keeping them supplied with chocolate and cakes which tired staff have really appreciated.

"Hannah Clarke from the Shrubbery Surgery was a huge part of making this happen."

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