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Valerie Singleton Opens New State of the art facilities At Winchester House

3rd January 2006

Barchester Healthcare, the number one provider of high quality nursing and residential home care in the UK, celebrated the opening of new state of the art facilities at Winchester House Care Home in Rochester, Kent. The television presenter Valerie Singleton was the guest of honour, cutting the ribbon in the symbolic opening alongside the Chairman of the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society, Vic Codling.

A former rectory, Winchester House was built in 1875 and is partly a listed building. Currently, it is home to nearly 70 residents with differing care needs. The new facilities, which are the second and final part of two development phases to be completed, provide accommodation for a further 60 residents. The completion of this multi-million pound development makes Winchester House the largest care home in the Barchester Healthcare portfolio.

The new facilities provide nursing care for residents who not only require general nursing, but also those requiring specialist dementia care, an area of expertise which Barchester Healthcare is noted for. Known as Memory Lane, this programme has been specially developed by Barchester Healthcare and deals specifically with the needs and requirements of residents with dementia.

Winchester House Care Home Manager, Sian Mitchell said: "We are delighted that all the hard work and effort to extend Winchester House is coming to fruition. Our home will provide our residents, families, staff and the wider community with even greater choice and quality care in a state of the art facility. We are looking forward to welcoming our new residents and offering them the first-class quality care for which Winchester House is renowned."

Sian added: "We are also extremely pleased to be working closely with the local community, especially the local Alzheimer’s Society."

The new facilities have been named after Rochester Cathedral and Lafarge Cement, both of whom have made an outstanding contribution in the local area. Lafarge Cement will have one of the floors named 'Lafarge Place' in its honour. Similarly Rochester Cathedral will have 'Cathedral Square' dedicated to its name. Both parties have kindly offered to donate memorabilia to the new unit.