Duchess of Northumberland praises company behind state-of-the-art care home in Alnwick

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THE Duchess of Northumberland praised the company behind a new £12m state-of-the-art care home in

Pictured at the official opening are (left to right) Bunty Malhotra, CEO of Prestwick Care with the Duchess and Meenu Malhotra, group chair of Malhotra Group PLC.

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Her Grace officially opened Beech Tree House, at Lisburn Terrace, Alnwick, an 86-bedroom facility created by Prestwick Care on a previously derelict site.

The new development, which one visitor remarked is “like a five star hotel”, now joins Prestwick Care’s portfolio of residential care homes, many of which provide specialised care.

Speaking at today’s socially distanced opening, the Duchess said that “it is fantastic to see something of this scale and this standard come to Alnwick.”

“We are very grateful to the Malhotra Group for creating a site like this and choosing to do it in Alnwick,” she said.

“It is especially heart warming, given the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves, to celebrate something really good which has been developed for the benefit of our region.

“Around 100 jobs are being created a time when we watch in dismay as familiar businesses find themselves in financial difficulties, some of which may have to close their doors for the last time.”

Wishing the Malhotra Group and the staff success, Her Grace added: “ I congratulate them and thank them for their investment and commitment to our community in such a difficult social and economic time.”

Along with providing nursing, dementia and residential care, the 86-bedroom home is equipped with all the necessary specialist facilities to care for young, physically disabled people, bariatric residents and those with brain injuries.

Facilities include a coffee shop, cinema room and hair salon, along with a number of stylish residents’ lounges on each floor.

Patient rooms have been designed to be both functional and attractive, with stylish fittings, smart bathrooms/wet rooms and flat screen tvs.

Bunty Malhotra, CEO of Prestwick Care which is part of The Malhotra Group PLC, expressed his gratitude to the Duchess.

“We are both delighted and grateful that the Duchess came to open our 14th home, which is one of our Platinum facilities and our largest to date,” he said.

“We are very confident that the facilities and services, particularly for bariatric residents and for neurological rehabilitation will benefit not only the people of Northumberland but of the whole region, for years to come.”

Beech Tree House is Prestwick Care’s second Alnwick residential care home – after it purchased Hillcrest Care Home, off South Road in 2019 – and the second in its Platinum range of homes.

The company’s 14-strong portfolio of homes across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, will be joined by new, purpose-built care home facilities at Ryhope, Sunderland and at Whitley Bay later this year.

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