230 coronavirus patients have now been released from hospitals in Bournemouth Poole.

At the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, 141 people have been discharged after recovering from the virus.

Of the 141 released from RBH was healthcare assistant Perfecto Reyes.

Perfecto was given a guard of honour by his colleagues as he left hospital, where he spent four weeks in intensive care.

Paul Coward, deputy charge nurse on the coronary care unit, where Perfecto works, paid tribute to his colleague.

He said: “We’re a very close-knit team and Perfecto has been an integral part of it for many years now.

“He is the epitome of the caring profession. To see him leave intensive care today has been incredibly emotional for all of us but also provided a massive sense of relief and a huge boost in morale.”

Poole Hospital has discharged 89 coronavirus patients, including six in the last week.

A tweet from Poole Hospital said: “We’ve now discharged a total of 89 patients with Covid-19 since the pandemic was declared.

“Thanks to all our staff and colleagues working hard to help our patients to go home well.”

Dr Matt Thomas, medical director, said: “It’s great to be able celebrate stories of recovery to give people real hope during these very challenging times whilst recognising that not every family will get their loved one home.”