Public Health Minister opens Guildford care home

Worplesdon View, the new 78-bed care home in Guildford was officially opened today by Mrs Anne Milton MP forGuildford.

The Mayor of Guildford, healthcare professionals, local community representatives and several residents that begin to move in tomorrow, took tours of the home and enjoyed a warm Worplesdon View welcome.

Everyone raised a toast to the new home as Anne Milton MP and the Chief Executive of Barchester, Mike Parsons, unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the stunning new home. Guests enjoyed canapés made by the in-house hospitality team as well as entertainment from a local brass band, A Touch of Brass.

Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, unveiled the plaque and said: “It is fantastic to see a care home that even in its early stages is already heavily supported by its local community. I can see so many familiar faces in front of me today and It is wonderful to experience such community spirit. Worplesdon View has managed to achieve that home from home feel and I wish it a very successful future.”

Two local heroes were also in attendance. The first, Liz Critchfield, was nominated by Lyn Day, the Manager of Crossroads Carers. Liz’s mother lived with dementia and Liz cared for her for many years. When her mother passed away, Liz began to volunteer at the Crossroads dementia café and continues to support many charitable activities. The second, Barry Gamble, was put forward by Betty Leach, President of the Worplesdon Women’s Institute. Barry volunteers for Fairwood Helpers and recently found and helped a neighbour who had fallen and broken a hip.

The winner of the home naming competition, Josie Case-Green, cut the celebratory cake with Anne Milton MP and everyone enjoyed the food and entertainment

Lynda Garner, General Manager at the home, said: "I was proud to show Anne Milton MP around Worplesdon View and am so glad that I have such a supportive team. We will now focus on growing our community within Worplesdon and focus on making this beautifully designed house a home.”