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Visitor Protocol during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On July 28, 2020
Stow Healthcare looks forward to welcoming visitors to its homes from Monday 27 July, following guidance set out by the government and taking into account sector-led recommendations put in place by the Care Provider Alliance. This Visitor Protocol provides some specific information to visitors to our homes and sits alongside our Policy on ‘Visiting During […]
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Moving into a Stow Healthcare Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On July 2, 2020
All Stow Healthcare homes welcome new admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will be happy to help answer any questions you may have when making this decision for yourself or your loved one. You will be pleased to know that we are working very closely with hospitals, healthcare professionals, local authorities, and prospective residents […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 2/7

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On July 2, 2020
We are delighted to announce that full home staff and resident COVID-19 testing is now complete, and all staff and residents in Stow Healthcare homes have received negative results. That said, we are conscious that we remain in a pandemic, and care homes in our region are still reporting their first outbreaks.  As such, we […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 14/5

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 14, 2020
The ongoing support we are receiving from our extended Stow Healthcare family has been fantastic. We thank you for all your messages, calls, emails, and letters of encouragement and gratitude. We continue to pay close attention to government guidance and to understand every measure we can take to protect residents and staff. Although restrictions are […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 24/4

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 24, 2020
We continue to be so delighted by the support from the incredible extended Stow Healthcare family. We thank you for all your kind words, gifts for staff, and support for the hard work undertaken in all of our homes. While regular visits sadly remain suspended during these difficult days, we are supporting families who need […]
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**Stow Healthcare is Open to New Admissions**

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 22, 2020
Stow Healthcare understands the role it has to play in the current Coronavirus pandemic. We are open to admissions across all of our homes to support frail and vulnerable people who need nursing or residential care, whether coming from their own home or a hospital setting. You will appreciate the need for us to take […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 10/4

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 10, 2020
From the directors, the senior management team, and all our staff, a huge thank you for the ongoing support and wonderfully warm messages you have been sending to our homes. We know you join us in thanking also our wonderful staff for adapting to the considerable changes they are adapting to, to help protect themselves […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 7/4

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 7, 2020
Thank you for your ongoing support for those being cared for in our homes and our wonderful staff, who are looking after all our residents so diligently, and keeping spirits high. Our homes remained closed to visitors unless they are essential medical or maintenance visits. Visits to those receiving end of life care will be […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – UPDATE 2

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On March 17, 2020
Thank you for the supportive way that you have responded to our communication of last week, as we do everything that we can to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. Many of you will have listened to the news last night, and the Prime Minister and his health/scientific advisors talking about the […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: UPDATE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On March 12, 2020
It is very important to us that the health, safety and well-being of all those who live and work in our homes can be assured. This statement sets out the plans that we are making and measures that we are taking to ensure that we do everything possible to keep everyone who lives and works […]
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Alex Ball Wins Bury Free Press Employee Accolade

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Stow Healthcare Group employee Alex Ball was the proud recipient of the Bury Free Press Employee of the Year Award at a ceremony held at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds in October. Alex is a true unsung hero of our company, supporting every home behind the scenes and working hard every day to help them […]
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Ford Place hits National Heights

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Ford Place has had a fantastic awards season. Not only has it been shortlisted twice in successive years in the Care Home of the Year category for the National Care Awards, but it also reached the national shortlist for the End of Life Category in the Caring UK awards. To have reached national finals in […]
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National Success for Stow Healthcare Group

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Stow Healthcare triumphed at two national care awards in late autumn, scooping the Care Group of the Year accolade at both the National Care Awards and the Caring UK Awards. Winners of the National Care Awards were presented with their trophies by host Simon Brodkin at the high-profile Gala Night held on Friday, 29th November […]
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Regional Success for Stow Homes

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
The successes kept on coming in autumn 2019 as Melford Court, Halstead Hall, Ford Place and Stowlangtoft Hall all saw staff shortlisted as finalists in the East of England GB Care Awards finals. It was great to see so many Stow Healthcare staff cheering each other on as they enjoyed a night of success in […]
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Brandon Park’s Manager wins national award!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
In late autumn, the Directors of Stow Healthcare, and Brandon’s home manager Sam Gallagher were honoured to attend the Leaders in Care Awards hosted in Birmingham to celebrate the cream of the care industry. Stow Healthcare was shortlisted in the Care Group of the Year category, and Sam Gallagher was shortlisted in the Registered Manager […]
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Your Vote Matters – know your Rights!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 13, 2020
As part of our focus on Human Rights to coincide with International Human Rights Day on the 10th December, residents at Melford Court were supported to cast their vote as part of Stow Healthcare’s company-wide ‘Your Vote Matters’ Project. In the run-up to the General Election, staff supported residents to exercise their right to vote. […]
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Stow in the Snow brings festive joy

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 13, 2020
‘Stow in the Snow’ returned for its second year to help provide meaningful Christmas activities within the homes and engage staff, residents and their families all together at this special time of year. Categories were chosen by staff and residents ranging from best ‘Winter Wonderland’, to best table decoration or festive floral arrangement, there was […]
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Long Service Awards for Melford Staff

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 13, 2020
Stow Healthcare’s Long Service Award Scheme aims to recognise and reward staff for their considerable length of service dedicated to the home and its residents. In total, 3 staff at Melford Court received awards for reaching service milestones including 10 and 15 years of service! Congratulations to the following staff: Recognition for 15 Years’ Service […]
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Welcome to Kim – New Deputy Manager

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 13, 2020
Most of you will now have met Kim Steed who took up her new role as Deputy Manager in October 2019. Kim joined us on the bank as a nurse in the summer before being successful in applying for the Deputy Manager position. Kim studied General Adult Nursing at the University of Suffolk, having previously […]
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New Weekly Activity coming to Melford

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 13, 2020
STOP PRESS! Fantastic pre school dance class ‘diddi dance will be starting soon at Melford Court. We have seen great benefits to our residents and local communities in two other homes where the class runs and we can’t wait for it to start at Melford Court! Stay tuned for the launch event – lots of […]
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New Senior level support for Stow

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 13, 2020
We are delighted to announce that Helen Hill, RN has joined our company in January as the new Head of Care and Compliance. Helen has worked across a range of corporate and family run social care providers and is currently working with the University of East Anglia on two very exciting medicines management research projects. […]
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Melford enjoys a few Socials!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
Melford Court has supported another great coffee morning for MacMillan this September raising a whopping £100 to support their work! It was lovely to have so many visitors coming in to enjoy the event and spend time with the residents, including staff coming in on their day off and bringing children too! At the end […]
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Welcome to our new manager Amanda!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
Our new home manager Amanda Atkins joined us at the start of August and has spent the first two months getting to know Melford Court, our residents and our staff. Amanda has already held a couple of events to introduce herself to everyone, including relatives, but if you have not had the chance to meet […]
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Stow Healthcare’s Busy Autumn of Awards

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
We are really happy to announce that again Stow Healthcare has punched well above its weight as a small company to have been awarded a significant number of finalist places in national care awards to be judged over the course of this autumn and winter. Stow Healthcare Group has been selected as a national finalist […]
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Stow in Bloom sees Budding Success!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
The second annual floral and craft extravaganza that is Stow in Bloom took place in July, with judges bowled over by the standard of entries. We were delighted to welcome back judges Pam and Bob Jackson from Woolpit Nurseries and Julie Martin and Georgie Stevens from the Suffolk County Council Aduly Community Services, who enjoyed […]
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Afternoon Tea at the Halstead Ritz

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 30, 2019
Residents enjoyed the return of our ‘Tea at the Ritz’ event as well as extending the invitation for residents from our sister home in Long Melford. Residents joined forces to enjoy posh High Tea in vintage crockery. The kitchen team prepared a fabulous selection of cucumber sandwiches, savoury treats, a selection of iced buns and […]
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Awards Success for Stow’s Homes

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 30, 2019
Stow Healthcare’s award success continued in March at the Great British Care Awards with three finalists from across the company after they won their categories at the regional finals in November. Ford Place’s Denise Phipps was a finalist in the End of Life/ Palliative Care category as was Grace Watson of Melford Court in the […]
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Springtime activities for all to enjoy

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 13, 2019
It has been so special this year to enjoy another trip from local lambs, who residents have enjoyed meeting and having a cuddle with. We are so lucky in the home to have our resident dog Noella, who has found her feet and her way around, and our residents are really enjoying the benefit of […]
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You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 13, 2019
For some, growing older means the opportunity for slowing down and taking things a little easier, but not for some residents at Melford Court! Instead it is the chance to do something different, learn new skills and make new friends. We recently saw our first resident and staff training session with resident John joining staff […]
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A Cuppa with our Friends at Halstead Hall

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 13, 2019
Residents at Melford Court were invited to an afternoon ‘Tea at the Ritz’ style event at our sister home in Halstead recently. Residents from Melford Court joined residents at Halstead Hall for ‘posh’ High Tea served from vintage crockery. The home’s kitchen prepared a fabulous selection of cucumber sandwiches, savoury treats, and a selection of […]
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History comes to Life for our Residents!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 13, 2019
Many of you may have seen the ‘Pop it in the Post’ exhibition which we were lucky enough to have been loaned by the Postal Museum in London. The display told the history of the postal system, including banners with fun facts about the history of mail and authentic uniforms for everyone to try on. […]
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New Friends of All Ages!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 13, 2019
The benefits of children and the elderly having the opportunity to send time together have recently been a hot topic in the media. We have been embracing this opportunity to get to know some new friends by forming a new partnership with our local nursery group. Woodpeckers Nursery are now regular visitors to the home […]
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Stow Healthcare Awards Success – 2018

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
Congratulations to all of our staff who were nominated and received awards and finalist places last year. We are extremely proud of all of you! Laing Buisson National Awards 2018 • Winner- Residential Care Provider – Stow Healthcare Bury Free Press Business Awards 2018 • Winner- Business Leader of the Year, Ruth French, Stow Healthcare […]
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Incredible Turnaround for Halstead Hall

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
There was a special Christmas Present for staff and residents at Halstead Hall as it was rated ‘Good’ by CQC in their inspection report published on Christmas Eve. Inspectors noted the significant change” seen under the new ownership in the last 12 months as the home was rated Good overall and outstanding in the ‘Well […]
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Stow Healthcare’s Outstanding Hat Trick!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
They say that things come in threes, and that certainly was the case when we received the fabulous news that Stowlangtoft Hall had been rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC after their inspection in October 2018. Inspectors rated the areas ‘Caring’ and ‘Responsive’ as Outstanding, resulting in an overall ‘Outstanding rating.’ The inspectors said in their report: […]
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Brandon Park is Doubly Outstanding!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
Staff and residents of Brandon Park Nursing Home are jumping for joy after CQC visited the home and gave it it’s second ‘Outstanding’ rating. Following the CQC’s unannounced visit in September, the inspectors said in their report: “There was an exceptionally strong family ethos within the home of treating people as individuals and with respect. […]
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Stow Healthcare wins National Award!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
We are thrilled to announce that Stow Healthcare was named Residential Care Provider of the Year at one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, the LaingBuisson Awards 2018. More than 1,000 people were present at the glittering awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge which celebrated the best in health and social […]
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Long Service Awards for Dedicated Staff

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
This year Stow Healthcare launched their Long Service Award Scheme to recognise and reward staff for their considerable length of service dedicated to the home and its residents. Congratulations to Valerie Land who received an award in recognition for 20 Years’ Service at Melford Court
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Stow in the Snow brings Success!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
Following the success of our summer competition ‘Stow in Bloom’, we launched our very first winter competition ‘Stow in the Snow’ to get everyone into the festive spirit. This competition was designed to provide meaningful Christmas activities within the homes and engage staff, residents and their families all together at this special time of year. […]
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Melford Court welcomes a new Home Manager

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
As many of you are aware, Fiona will be leaving her role as Home Manager at Melford Court to take up a new role as Clinical Advisor within the Stow Healthcare Group on a full-time basis. We are delighted to have recruited Mrs Sally Shadbolt, RN, to take up the role of Home Manager at […]
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Our Inter-Generational Partnership

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
The benefits of children and the elderly having the opportunity to send time together are currently a hot topic in the media. We have been embracing the opportunity to get to know some new friends and there is no better time than the festive season. We have had a number of visits from local schools, […]
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Visit to the Abbey Gardens

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On November 1, 2018
This summer we were lucky enough to be able to take a trip out of the home to th Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Eight residents and staff from Melford Court had a great afternoon taking in the colourful and award-winning gardens in the sunshine. After a walk around the gardens and walkways, residents […]
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Stow in Bloom Success!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On November 1, 2018
This summer we have been encouraging residents to get creative in the garden with the launch of our inaugural ‘Stow in Bloom’ competition, to engage residents, families, staff and volunteers to contribute to the effort to find ‘Best in Stow’! With categories ranging from tallest sunflower, to best hanging basket or vegetable crop, there has […]
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Care Quality Commission rates Melford Court as ‘Good’

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On November 1, 2018
We are delighted to report that Melford Court has been rated ‘as good overall and also good in all five categories by CQC following an unannounced inspection in May. The inspectors said in their report: “The registered manager worked effectively in partnership with a number of other health and social care organisations to achieve better […]
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Staying Fit as a Fiddle!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On November 1, 2018
The Suffolk Care Home Olympics was popular with residents at Melford Court last year and we are excited to be a part of them again this year. A member of the Suffolk Care Home Olympics Team visits the home each week to take part in a different activity including fishing, curling and boccia. This is […]
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Awards news for Melford Court Staff

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On November 1, 2018
We are thrilled to announce that Melford staff have scooped finalist places in a variety of categories at the East of England Care awards. Tyrone Peacock was recognised in the Nurse category, Grace Watson in the Carer Category, and Tony Pilgrim in the Ancillary Worker Category represented the home. These are all extremely competitive categories […]
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Royal Celebrations at Melford Court

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 26, 2018
On the 20th April, we took party in National Care Home Open Day and celebrated the Queen’s birthday with games in the garden at Melford Court.  To commemorate the Queen’s 92nd birthday residents at Melford Court planted a cherry tree in the garden to mark the occasion.  Residents helped chose the location and helped manager […]
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A Centenarian Celebration for Alfie Wilson

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 26, 2018
We celebrated resident Alfie Wilson’s 100th birthday in April with cake, balloons and lots of laughter. Alfie enjoyed his day in style surrounded by friends and family who joined him for an afternoon tea party with staff and residents at Melford Court. Alfie was delighted with the celebrations which included receiving his telegram from the […]
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Chief Executive of local Hospital visits

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 26, 2018
Chief Executive Officer for West Suffolk Hospital, Professor Dr Steve Dunn visited us at Melford Court in April. This was Steve’s first visit to Melford Court where he met with the management team to discuss the current partnership working with the home and West Suffolk Hospital. Melford Court has recently been asked to pilot the […]
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Acquisition of Halstead Hall Care Home

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 20, 2018
We are very pleased to announce that Stow Healthcare has expanded its premium care brand into Essex with the acquisition of Attwood’s Manor care home in Halstead. The home is an elegant 19th Century country manor house that retains many of its original features and is located on the edge of the historic north Essex […]
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Go Green-Fingers for Stow in Bloom!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 20, 2018
We are really excited to announce the inaugural Stow in Bloom competition! Residents and others across out five homes have suggested ideas for categories, which include Best Hanging Basket, Tallest Sunflower and Best Edible display, as well as opportunities to create a craft or miniature garden! Judging will take place in the week starting 23 […]
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Sister home Ford Place is ‘Outstanding’!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 20, 2018
We are delighted to report that our sister home Ford Place has been awarded the coveted ‘Outstanding’ rating by CQC following an unannounced inspection in November. The inspectors said in their report: “We observed kind, compassionate staff spending time with people and their families to ensure peoples’ well-being and offering support around their individual needs.” […]
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Stow Healthcare Nurse Maureen Tilbrook Reaches National Awards Final

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 21, 2017
Friday 31st March saw the Great British Care Award Final with Nurse Maureen Tilbrook from Stowlangtoft Hall reaching the final 6 in the country in the good nurse category, which is an outstanding achievement. The awards were hosted at the ICC in Birmingham where Maureen went along supported by her family and colleagues to a […]
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Acquisition of Melford Court Nursing Home

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 6, 2017
We are thrilled to announce that Melford Court Nursing Home in Long Melford has been acquired by Stowlangtoft Healthcare. Melford Court, a beautiful grade II listed building, is a popular local home located at the centre of the historic wool town of Long Melford. We are very much looking forward to getting to know our […]
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Stowlangtoft Healthcare Group wins two National Awards!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On December 8, 2016
Stowlangtoft Healthcare is celebrating after having seen two of its staff win accolades at the 2016 National Care Awards in London. Sam Cutts, Deputy Manager at Brandon Park Nursing Home was awarded the title of Best Registered Nurse in the UK, beating off stiff competition from four other finalists. The judges said that Sam was […]
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Moving into a Stow Healthcare Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All Stow Healthcare homes welcome new admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will be happy to help answer any questions you may have when making this decision for yourself or your loved one. You will be pleased to know that we are working very closely with hospitals, healthcare professionals, local authorities, and prospective residents and their families to ensure that everyone stays safe during this time.