Meet the Drummond Grange Care Home team

From nurses and carers to chefs and housekeepers, staff in our home are here to deliver high quality care and services to those we support. Check below to meet some of the friendly faces you are likely to see when visiting our home:

Eleanor Wilson

General Manager

Hi, my name is Eleanor, and I am the General Manager here at Drummond Grange. Welcome to our website!

I have been nursing since 1972, having begun my career as a Nursing Assistant in one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the county. I continued to develop my career, working in various specialties in both hospital and community in NHS Lanarkshire. My last post within the NHS before taking early retirement was as a General Manger for Motherwell Locality, with an area wide lead for older people with mental health problems, including dementia.

My retirement was short lived and, after a brief period of rest and relaxation, I joined Barchester as Deputy Manager at Alexandra Court in Glasgow, where I worked happily for two years.

I came to Drummond Grange on a temporary basis at the beginning of 2014 and found the welcome I received from residents and colleagues overwhelming, and as such was delighted to be offered the opportunity to join the team on a permanent basis. 

In 2016, I won a Resident Engagement Award at the 18th National Care Awards because of the proven positive effect I have had on residents and staff whilst working at Drummond Grange.

Alina Brehar

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Alina and I am the Deputy Manager here at Drummond Grange. Welcome to our website!

I graduated in 2003 and began working as an RGN. I lived in Romania until 2006, which is when I came in to the UK, and then started working in South Shields in a residential care home as a senior care assistant, until I registered with NMC. I moved to Edinburgh in 2008 and took up a nurse position at Drummond Grange, and have spent my time here working my way up to Deputy Manager.

At present, I am working on my NVQ Level 5 in Management & Leadership. I feel very passionate about the home and everyone we support, and I consider Drummond Grange to be my second home.

I am very approachable, honest and open to any positive ideas when it comes to improving the quality of our services.

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Mary McDonald

Non-Clinical Service Manager

Mary is the Non-Clinical Service Manager here at Drummond Grange,

In 2016, she was named as a Divisional Winner for Home Administration Champion in the Barchester Care Awards.

Hector Novoa Mendez

Unit Manager - Buccleuch

Hi, my name is Hector, and I am a Unit Manager here at Drummond Grange. 

Gail Clapperton

Unit Manager - Pentland

Gail head a team of of dedicated nurses and carers on our Pentland unit. She returned to work at Drummond Grange in 2019 after working at one of our sister homes for a while.

Anne & Jodie

Activities Coordinators

Anne started in 1999 and Jodie started in 2007. They ensure that we know each resident's preferences so that we can deliver a person-centred programme of events and activities within the home.

We all know that keeping active is important. They have created a wonderful culture within the home and they work together to give residents the best possible experience. Both Anne and Jodie are here to ensure that our residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active.

They ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities. Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust they build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings for coffee and shopping, which residents love.

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Anamaria Balaj

Charge Nurse

Hi, my name is Anamaria, I trained as a nurse in Romania 20 years ago.  I came to work at Drummond Grange 5 years ago as a staff nurse and then became a Charge Nurse of our complex care unit 2 years ago.

Laarni Tolentino

Charge Nurse

Hi, my name is Laarni, and I am a Charge Nurse here at Drummond Grange.   I trained as a nurse in the Philippines over 20 years ago and began working for Barchester 17 years ago.  I came to Drummond Grange over 10 years ago as a staff nurse.  I have recently became Charge Nurse of our Memory Lane Unit.

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David Goodfellow

Head of Maintenance

I began working at Drummond Grange as a Maintenance Assistant in 2008. I became Head of Maintenance in 2016. My main responsibility is to keep our home and grounds in good working order and to a high standard. As a painter I am often seen around our home with a paint brush in hand keeping our décor up to a high standard. I am always willing to help families and residents personalise their rooms in any way I can.

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Colin Wilkey

Head Chef

Hi, my name is Colin Wilkey.  I am the Head Chef at Drummond Grange Care Home.

Here at Drummond Grange we provide a wonderful choice of delicious and wholesome dishes. The food and the dining experience at the home is recognised as an integral part of the lifestyle here at the home and I am responsible for managing the catering team, ensuring they provide a quality catering service to all our residents, guests and visitors.

Myself and my team work together to cater for our residents individual dietary needs.  We also ensure that our home cooked menu’s offer Choice, nutrition and quality.

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Sandra Duffy

Head Housekeeper

Hi, my name is Sandra, and I am the Head Housekeeper here at Drummond Grange. I enjoy working with the housekeeping team. I like talking to residents and making sure their rooms are clean and tidy.

I want to help residents remain as independent as possible. I work hard to ensure that the home maintains Barchester's high standards and that they work to create a relaxed, personal atmosphere for residents, relatives and staff.

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Rory Campbell

Rory Campbell

Music Therapist

Rory Campbell is our Music Therapist and comes in on a Wednesday & Friday.

Rory has a number of residents that enjoy one to one therapy with him.  Playing the guitar, keyboard, drums and various other instruments.  He also has a one hour session where residents come along to relax to the music.

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Gerrard Fox

Gerrard Fox


Having had many years' experience within both the private and public health sectors, Gerard, our Physiotherapist, has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation. He retains a close working relationship with the NHS Wheelchair Service, Orthopaedics  and the Spasticity Management Service.

Gerard runs regular Keep-Fit & Relaxation Classes, together with garden walks with Rocky, our pet therapy dog. Postural management and one-to-one sessions are held within our large, dedicated gym.

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Gordon McKay

Resident Ambassador

Hi, my name is Gordon, and I am one of Drummond Grange's Resident Ambassadors. Gordon has lived at the home for a while and enjoys his role of Resident Ambassador and is always willing to help out other residents with any issues that arise, Gordon also  welcomes any questions about the life at Drummond Grange, especially if you are considering care options yourself.

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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am-8pm

0131 341 0022

All other calls

0131 654 2881

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

Useful downloads

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