A USUALLY inseparable husband and wife have been reunited after coronavirus forced them to be apart for five long months.

Gay Smallman, resident at Fernhill House Care Home in Worcester last saw her husband Robert back in February just before he flew to New Zealand to visit his daughters.

Mrs Smallman expected her husband home three weeks later, but as coronavirus took its hold on the world and borders closed, Mr Smallman was stuck in New Zealand for five months.

Arriving at the home, full of love and excitement to see his wife, Mr Smallman commented on how very much he has missed her.

He said: “We’ve been married 45 years, and we’re thick as thieves.”

Mrs Smallman was equally as overwhelmed describing the feeling of seeing her husband, albeit safely through a glass partition, as just “heavenly”.

The couple were the first to try out the Covid-secure “friendship rooms” that allow visitors to see loved ones safely at Fernhill House.

Roger Pratap, chairman at Majesticare Luxury Care Homes said: “Early on into the pandemic, Majesticare were quick to recognise the potential lasting impact on visiting within our homes and so we made the decision to swiftly develop, an all-weather, safe visiting room within each of our homes.

“It is just wonderful to be able to bring Gay and Robert together at the opening of our very first visiting room.

“A beautifully decorated, private and safe space to ensure families and friends will always be able to stay safely connected in person, whatever the future may bring”

Angie Ryan, home manager at Fernhill House added: “I am very proud to state that Fernhill House has remained Covid free throughout which wholeheartedly down to the hard work and dedication of the team here at Fernhill and the guidance and support provided Majesticare.”

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