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Alexandra House Brave the Elements for Summer Fayre

Alexandra House staff and residents braved the varied weather conditions to stage the summer fayre this August. The Mayor of Eastwood opened proceedings and when the weather got ‘tough’ attendees were able to  shelter in the marquee.

All enjoyed the variety of stalls and entertainment - not forgetting the food and fire engine - helping to raise over £400.00s for the residents fund.

Our Thanks at Eastgate Care go to all participants, staff, stall holders and attendees for supporting this venture.


The Mayor of Eastwood with old Fire Engine at Alex House Summer Fayre - August 2010



Posted on 05 Sep 2010
Staff Promotions

Promotions achieved to Senior Care Assistants by keen members of staff:

Christine Graham and Zoe Taylor


Christine Graham joined Melbourne House as a Carer and soon settled into her work successfully completing her Common Induction Standards  and moving on to do her NVQ Level2 in Health and Social Care. Christine has now commenced her Level 3 qualification and offers commitment and enthusiasm, coupled with a very high standard of work. In addition Christine gets top marks for reliability and hard work and has been nominated for further awards. Watch this space for more news on Christine!


Zoe Taylor joined Alexandra House already in possession of her NVQ Levels 2 and 3 and has put her qualifications into good practice by consistently working really hard. Zoe also scores well in the reliability stakes and is keen to develop both personally and professionally.

In addition she is also a Care Ambassador for Nottinghamshire County Council.


Well Done to Christine and Zoe for their hard work and achievements

Posted on 12 Aug 2010
Greenhouse Sparks Residents Gardening Club at Alex House

A nearby local resident had the foresight to donate a small portable greenhouse and with the enthusiasm and inventiveness of Activities Coordinator Loraine Rose, the Gardening Club was set up earlier this year.   

Some Alex House residents already had an interest in gardening and were keen to have an outlet for their knowledge.

Ten residents participate in the group and between them they have managed to grow a whole range of vegetables; tomatoes, green beans, courgettes - many from seed.   Lettuces have already been enjoyed and the ‘home grown’ potatoes are nearly ready for the table. Colour is added with a variety of pot plants, tubs and hanging baskets with some plants being donated.

Care Home owner and MD Mr Day said ‘Our residents are benefitting from this activity and they are able to take part in a hobby which they truly enjoy, they can benefit from being outdoors and to be able to produce something is a real plus. We hope this project will continue for many years to come’.

The dedication of the Alex House Care workers enabled this venture to ‘get off the ground’ because in addition to Lorraine’s organising skills, further help was needed for daily watering and the loan of garden tools. Sheila Fletcher deserves a special mention, she has brought  special gardening knowledge and commitment to this project.

Donations of unwanted plants and garden tools can always find a Home at Alex House Gardening club!

Posted on 15 Jul 2010
Melbourne Mingle

A glorious June afternoon bathed in sunshine - saw residents, relatives, staff and local Bulwell people  gathered to enjoy this summer fair. A whole range of stalls were laid out and bunting adorned the Care Home as participants enjoyed buying and consuming goods! Bric a Brac, Teddy Stall and Henna Hand Painting went down a treat. The Italian Ice Cream stall was doing a rip roaring trade as people relaxed and enjoyed a typical Saturday afternoon in Aspley!




Local residents have the opportunity to join ‘us’ for coffee and cakes on a Thursday morning, to meet the residents and staff at Melbourne House. We were joined in June, by 6 ‘locals’ and as the word spreads more are likely to come and share the hospitality and the company. Posters are situated around the local community. The next Thursday coffee morning is coming up in July.


Posted on 30 Jun 2010
Fish Friday for Alex’ House New Club

The first Alexandra House monthly luncheon club meeting took place on a Fish Friday in June, when members of the local community were invited to visit, ‘take lunch’ and participate in a game of bingo or a quiz. Fabulous fish was cooked by Marie, Alex House receptionist, who swapped her catering career for a caring career!

Kitchen assistant Haley has volunteered to come and play the piano on another occasion – such multi-skilled staff are a great asset to the team and contribute hugely to the enjoyment of such events.

A great social time was had by all participants.

Next Lunch Club meet is on 21st July – What will be on the Wednesday Menu?
Posted on 29 Jun 2010
Matron Makes a Meal Of Things
An eventful Monday morning activity occurred recently at Alex House Care Home, Eastwood. This impromptu event took place when the scheduled cook couldn’t get in to work and back up staff were not contactable. Come lunchtime all available resources were used to create a fish and chip lunch for over 30 residents and staff, with the help of the local ‘Chippy’!

Everyone 'pulled together' to gather the ingredients and involve the residents in the project; Manager Sally Barry become the chief coordinator, organising the assembly line, to present cod, chips, chicken nuggets and mushy peas, complete with a fruit and ice cream dessert. Activities Co-ordinator Lorraine was seen to don the rubber gloves and get a ‘clear-up’ team together.

The event was such a success and so much fun enjoyed by staff and residents, it has been suggested that the 'Residents Cook-In' becomes a frequent event across all the Eastgate Care Homes.
Posted on 15 Jun 2010
Planned Events Across the Care Homes
Planned Events

Alexandra House has started a monthly luncheon club inviting local residents to come along and have a main meal and pudding for £1.50 followed by a game of bingo or a quiz. The next two dates are the 18th of June at 1.30pm and the 21st of July. Some local people may be invited via the Eastwood Volunteer Bureau.

The date is now arranged for the Alex House Summer Fete for 21st August, watch out for more details.

The Eastwood Historical Society are holding a photographic exhibition illustrating ‘How Eastwood Was’ at the Eastwood library and Lorraine the Activities Organiser will be taking residents to view this on the 14th July.

Park House has their Summer Fair planned for August - date to be advised.

Melbourne House Summer Fair organised for 26th June.
Posted on 02 Jun 2010
New Starters/Birthdays/Retirement and other Staff News
Welcome On Board new starter;
Gurcharan Kaur – Activities Co-ordinator at Melbourne House

July seems to be a much quieter month for Eastgate birthdays, but do all enjoy your special days;

·         Wendy Clayton (Care Asst) the only birthday we know about at Park House!

·         Angela Connolly (Night Carer) at Alex House

·         Gillian Craven (Carer) at Alex House

·         Thelma Francis (Nurse) at Melbourne

·         Mary Prakash (Nurse )at Melbourne

·         Debra Trigg (Carer) at Melbourne

A really special event to listen out for is Liz Fowkes (Carer at Alexandra) she is having twins. We all wish her well with the deliveries and look forward to hearing the news of that event!

The New Staff Handbook is now available – this is designed so each team member has their own copy of the company’s policies and procedures, including expectations too.
It will ensure everyone is ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’!

Coming Soon - Long Service Awards for 1,3,5,7,10,15,20,25,30 years and 30 years plus
Watch this Space – for Team Member of the Month
Financial Support - See posters around all Care Homes
Posted on 02 Jun 2010
Eastgate Care Expands Facilities
Eastgate Care Expands Facilities

Nottingham private family business Eastgate Care, has added 25 new en-suite rooms to its Care Home portfolio, at the Park House Bulwell location. Park House offers specialist palliative care and now has 54 places for residents in this purpose built Unit.

The specialist builders, Wynbrook Housing worked closely with the Eastgate Care Home Management Team to ensure that the specific nursing practicalities were addressed and that style and comfort were not compromised.
Owner Mr Day commented ‘We have been impressed with the efficient team from Wynbrook who completed a very professional finish, on time, allowing unobstructed care of our existing residents’
In addition to extra en-suite bedrooms the lounge area was extended, so that more residents can sit and enjoy the garden views. The hairdressing studio was refitted and extra space was created in the kitchen to cater for the increase in number of residents.

This brings the total number of beds for nursing/palliative care/convalescence to a total of 142 across the three Nottingham Care Homes. A new dementia unit is planned for completion in early 2011 in the Mapperley area of Nottingham.

Eastgate now has its own training and administrative centre at the White Swan in Old Basford Nottingham. The training facilities are ideal for those wishing to undertake training off-site, to maximise learning potential.

Posted on 12 May 2010
New Learning and Development Centre Opens
The old White Swan in Basford became the New White Swan, as it was transformed into the Training Centre and Offices of Eastgate Care.
Posted on 22 Apr 2010

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