Meet the Woodside House Care Home team

Our staff are what hold the home together. Each one of these team members are dedicated to providing high quality care and services to those we support, and ensuring that residents enjoy all aspects of life at our home. See below to meet some of our friendly faces:

Elena Sandu

General Manager

Hi, my name is Elena and I am the General Manager here at Woodside. Welcome to our website, please feel free to contact me to talk about what our wonderful home can offer.

I have over twenty years of experience as a nurse and I am very passionate about my work. I have always ensured that residents receive the best care and are treated with respect and dignity.

My vision is to create a 'home from home' environment, where residents are actively involved in organising events, making decisions, and planning their care. 

Our door is always open to visitors who want to experience our family-friendly atmosphere and I am always ready to speak to anyone who is starting to explore their future care needs.

Melanie Burnett

Deputy Manager

My name is Melanie and I have the privilege of being the Deputy Manager here at Woodside House.

Throughout my nursing career, in both the NHS and private sectors, I have brought my passion for delivering high quality care to those I support, whilst also upholding their privacy and dignity.

Woodside House is a brilliant place to work as we have such a supportive and inclusive environment. My whole team is involved with ensuring that each resident receives personalised care that helps them to enjoy life to the full. 

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Amy Fulga

Head of Willow Sycamore

My name is Amy and I joined Woodside House in 2011 as a Registered General Nurse and now I am the Head of Unit for our Willow and Sycamore communities.

I am responsible for ensuring that all of my residents receive the highest standards of care and are treated with the level of dignity and respect that I would want for my family to receive. We have a very experienced team and several of the staff have been here for many years and are great friends with the residents. 

We love welcoming new residents and helping them to join our little community, each new person brings their own personality to the mix and it is wonderful to see everyone making new friends as they settle in. 

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Angelica Badescu

Head of Memory Lane

My name is Angelica and I am fortunate to be the Head of our Memory Lane community.

My team and I strive to ensure that the residents at Woodside House are given the best possible, personalised care at all times. I know how I would want my family to be treated and that is the standard that I set for my team. 

My team is trained to the highest standards and are proud of the wonderful care that they provide to those living with dementia. We will do our utmost to support every resident to live the fullest, most enriched life they can.

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Sally Dack

Sally Dack


Sally is the home's Administrator and joined us in January 2018. Her role involves supporting the General Manager and taking responsibility for all the financial and administration aspects of the home.

Sam Lake

Activities Coordinator

My name is Sam and I lead our Activities Team at Woodside House.

I have been at Woodside House since 2004 and I love it here. I am responsible for ensuring that the residents are able to participate in sociable, fun and rewarding activities. My team and I are very passionate about our work and love putting smiles on the residents' faces.

We involve the residents in the planning of our activity calendars and encourage residents to continue with the hobbies that they have enjoyed throughout their lives. We will support every resident to try new things and we love learning from our residents every day.

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Kimberley Cooper

Head Chef

My name is Kim and I am proud to run the kitchen team here at Woodside House.

I am responsible for providing a top class dining experience and ensuring that the menus reflect the high standards that every resident should enjoy. I am constantly speaking with residents to find out what foods they prefer, the way they like things presented and how I can make every meal a great experience. 

Working with the care staff to ensure each resident's unique dietary requirements are met, is just one of the ways that my kitchen team support the health and well-being of our residents. I spend time with each new resident to ensure that my team and I are aware of their preferences and favourites when they first move in to Woodside. 

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Tony Wolsey

Head of Maintenance

Tony is responsible for ensuring that every aspect of Health and Safety has been observed, that everything is working well and Woodside House remains a well-maintained and presented 'home-from-home.'

Kelly Mitchell

Head Housekeeper

My name is Kelly and I am the Head of Housekeeping here at Woodside House. 

My responsibilities include leading our housekeeping team to making sure that the home is spotlessly clean at all times. We take care of all aspects of housekeeping so that our residents can relax and know that everything is taken care of for them. 

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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

01603 954 053

All other calls

01603 702 002

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.

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