This beautiful footage shows the incredible and heart-warming moment a husband and wife left Derriford Hospital’s Red Zone together.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust uploaded the touching footage of Elizabeth and Howard Hudson walking down one of the hospital corridors, being cheered and applauded by staff members.

The couple were both admitted to the hospital together on February 1 and are said to have remained by each other’s side throughout their time in the Red Zone.

The red zone ward is for Covid patients only and all staff must wear extra PPE, including a FFP3 respirator mask, eye protection, long cuffed gloves, apron and a fluid-resistant gown.

Earlier this week, the couple were discharged from the Red Zone recovering ward and were able to head back home.

Hospital staff formed a line and applauded the couple as they walked out of the Red Zone together arm in arm.

Howard stopped midway through to blow the nurses a kiss before cheekily jumping over the Red Zone ‘barrier line’ on his way home.

Excited to head home Howard forgot to put his mask on – and his wife Elizabeth hilariously hits him loveingly on the arm to remind him to put it on.

Walking towards to exit, both Howard and Elizabeth can be heard continuously thanking all of the incredible key workers that helped them on their recovery.

Howard ‘running’ over the Red Zone line to get home
(Image: University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust)

Elizabeth told the staff to ‘stay well’ whilst she was leaving.

One nurse told the couple to enjoy themselves at home which Howard responded “we will”.

It comes as new figures show that there has been over 200 coronavirus patients in the city that have been reunited with their loved ones.

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Derriford Hospital has currently discharged 217 people who had been previously been admitted with Covid-19. The most recent data from NHS England showed the number of patients discharged from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust between January 6 and February 3.

Out of those 217 people who have been discharged, one person was between the ages of six and 17.

101 of those patients who were able to go home from Derriford Hospital after recovering from the virus were aged between 18 and 64.

Of those discharged, 74 patients were aged between 65 and 84 and 41 patients aged 85 and over.

Although many people are now able to go home, the same data shows that the hospital has a higher number of patients at any one time.

It shows that Derriford has seen more patients with covid-19 occupying beds than we had seen previously in the first wave.

Specialist sister, Kate Tantam, who works on the Intensive Care Unit, said in order to have the space to care for people people must follow the rules.

The latest government guidelines show that people are only allowed to leave their homes for a number of valid reasons.

Sister Kate Tantam said: “Patients numbers in the NHS are currently rising very fast and we are all working incredibly hard to keep those numbers down, to make space for you and your loved ones if you need us.”

“We need you to continue to be amazing and continue to support hands, face, space and lockdown in the South West.

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“We’ve got young patients in intensive care, this isn’t a disease that just affects elderly people with comorbid conditions, this is a disease that is affecting anyone and could be affecting you and your loved ones tomorrow or next week.

“So we need you to be incredibly sensible and incredibly supportive of the national message which is to lockdown and to continue to stay home, work at home if you can and only go out if completely necessary.”

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