New operator at town care homes

Woodside Court Care Home
Woodside Court Care Home
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THREE Glenrothes care homes look set to get a new operator.

It is believed that Woodside and Lomond Courts and Balfarg are to be run by Court Cavendish.

The current operators, Southern Cross, and the proposed new ones are expected to begin consultations with unions over transferring staff on existing terms and conditions, including pay and working hours, which is a legal requirement.

The future of the three homes had been uncertain after Southern Cross - Britain’s biggest care homes operator - hit financial problems earlier this year.

NHP, the property investment group which actually owns the homes, confirmed the switch scheduled to take place on 1 November.

A spokesman added: “NHP is working closely with leading care company, Court Cavendish, to establish the new operating company.

“In the meantime the homes owned by NHP continue to be managed and operated by Southern Cross.

“The continuity of care for residents remains our number one priority and we are working hard to ensure a seamless transition. That is our current focus.”

“As we continue to progress the transition we will ensure residents, relatives and staff are fully informed of any developments as soon as possible.

“For the time being we are focused on the preparations for 1 November.

“We understand that uncertainty over recent months has made it a challenging time for residents, relatives and staff, and we are looking forward to putting in place a new era of stability, good governance and the highest standards of care.

“Further news will follow as soon as possible.”