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Nursing home plans to branch out into community services

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A Hertfordshire nursing home that was recently rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission is branching out into providing community nursing services.

Fonthill House is a purpose built 64-bed nursing and residential home in St Albans. In June it became one of only 0.5% of such facilities around the country to receive the top rating from the CQC after being inspected in March.

Nursing Times understands that the home’s owners, Fonthill Care, are now aiming to launch nursing and domiciliary care services for their local community.

The service, due to launched later this year, will initially be provided by a team of 35 nursing staff.

The owners are currently going through the 10-week registration process with the CQC, which they expect will be complete by the autumn.

Nick Allhusen, the home’s co-owner, told Nursing Times that initially the service would be available to adults aged over 18 in the St Albans and Harpenden area.

“We aim to be ready mid-September,” he said. “We have initially employed 10 nurses and 25 care assistants – this will grow with demand for the service.”

Nathan Tomkinson, co-owner and managing director of Fonthill House, said “Fonthill is officially the best care home in our area and we will now be bringing the same quality of care to nursing and domiciliary services to people living at home.

“We also intend to build integrated care complexes throughout London and the M25 and are actively looking for sites,” he added.

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