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Second doses opening doors for Lilian Faithfull

Care home residents in Gloucestershire who were among the first in England to receive a coronavirus vaccine have started to be given their second doses.

Faithfull House in Cheltenham was one of the first six care homes in the country to receive the Pfizer vaccine in December

Residents have been offered their second doses today by the team from the town's Royal Well Surgery ahead of another major milestone for Lilian Faithfull Care.

From Monday, visitors will be welcomed back into all five of the company's care homes alongside the reopening of its two elderly day care hubs.

Director of Care Suzanne Booker said: "We know how much this will mean to all those we care for and their families and friends. It has been so longed for and it is a really significant moment for us all."

Visits will restart under carefully controlled conditions with each resident able to have one designated visitor who will need to take a lateral flow test and wear PPE.

The visitor will be able hold their hand, a moment which will be incredibly special to many.

The Secret Garden Hub in Cheltenham and Uplands Hub in Stroud provide companionship and range of stimulating activities for guests alongside support and respite for their families.

Chief executive Martin Hughes said: "These three announcements are major steps forward in Lilian Faithfull Care's journey through the pandemic.

"It not only renews hope but also offers tangible improvements for so many.

"Throughout this time we have been able to continue to safely welcome new residents and we are delighted that we can now welcome visitors back into our homes and hubs."

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