AN Alnwick care home has raised its standards across the board after being purchased by a leading North East nursing and residential care provider.
Prestwick Care, a division of Malhotra Group Plc, acquired Hillcrest Care Home, Off South Road, last year, with a promise to make improvements across all areas of the 50-bed home.
And, less than 12 months later, the company’s efforts have been recognised by the Care Quality Commission, which has upgraded Hillcrest’s rating to ‘Good.’
Built in the 1800s as a family home for a wealthy brewing family and later serving as a maternity hospital, Hillcrest offers nursing, residential dementia and respite care.
The new rating brings Hillcrest in line with the rest of Prestwick Care’s portfolio of care homes, all of which are rated ‘Good’ with the CQC.
Bunty Malhotra, CEO at Prestwick Care, said the rating reflected the company’s “significant investment and commitment” in Hillcrest following its acquisition in February 2019.
“We are delighted with the CQC’s latest inspection report, which reflects the hard work and care that the management and staff have put in to improve the quality of life for our residents,” he said.
Prestwick Care’s portfolio comprises 13 homes across the North East, with new purpose-built care facilities scheduled to open at Ryhope, Sunderland in 2020 and at Whitley Bay in 2021.
The company is also set to unveil a second Alnwick home in spring. Beech Tree House, at Lisburn Street, will be a state-of-the-art, 86-bed care home, offering general residential and nursing, dementia residential and nursing, along with specialist care provision for bariatric and young physically disabled clients.
“We are pleased to have made a good impression in the community with our first Alnwick home,” said Mr Malhotra.
“And we are committed to ensuring that Beech Tree House builds on that impression by also delivering an extremely high quality of care service to its residents.”