See inside Scunthorpe's new £7.5m care village as it opens six weeks ahead of schedule

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Feb 2018

A £7.5 million care village built by the private health firm Bupa in the centre of Scunthorpe has opened six weeks ahead of schedule.

The Scunthorpe Telegraph has been given a tour of the new Sandhills Court complex at the corner of Doncaster Road and Exeter Road in the town centre. To see inside it, click on the video below.

See inside the new Sandhills Court care village in Scunthorpe

The first resident to sign in at the £750-a-week care village has given it the thumbs-up.

Mother-of-three Anna Korczrewski, 90, said: "It's a first class home and the staff are brilliant."

Anna will be well known by many Scunthorpe people as the receptionist at the former Garbo's and Pepper Lounge on the High Street for more than 30 years.

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She was joined this week by a second resident and three more will join them next week as Sandhills starts to fill up.

Twenty-seven of the 70 employees have so far been recruited.

Among the recruits is mother-of-two Andrea Jetten, 52, a former nurse at York Royal Infirmary.

Sandhills Court general manager Andrea Jetten and the first resident Anna Korczrewski (Image: David Haber)

Mrs Jetten, who hails from West Butterwick, used to run her own care home business called Domus in York.

She said: "The next few weeks will continue to be busy as more residents and staff join us. We're really looking forward to meeting them all.

"Our rates are competitive for the quality of care we are offering. Our research around the area showed rates vary between £600 and £800 a week."

Sandhills offers a cinema, a hair and beauty salon and a cafe, as well as landscaped gardens.

The cinema room at Sandhills Court (Image: David Haber)

Staff at the nearby Royal Hotel have offered to equip a bar in the cinema.

Mrs Jetten said she was hoping - subject to risk assessment - to bring in a house cat or dog and create a mini bowling green on the lawns.

She was also aiming to forge links with two local schools in the hope that the chidlren would "adopt" some of the residents.

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Mrs Jetten admitted that she and her colleagues were mystified over the choice of Sandhills as the name for the centre and would welcome clues from local residents.

The 77 bedrooms and flats are accommodated in three suites and have been named Appleby, Redbourn and Frodingham in honour of the local steel industry.

Head chef is Scunthorpe-born chef Dave Elsom, 50, who for 27 years worked for the local NHS Trust as catering manager.

Dave Elsom, who is head chef at Sandhills Court

In recent years Dave has worked for the Hull-based charity Case, teaching disabled people how to cook. His wife Hayley still works at Scunthorpe General Hospital as a chef.

The Mayor of North Lincolnshire Councillor Peter Clark will officially open the new home on February 21.

Sandhills Court is built on the site of the former Gala bingo hall and Arrow Park bowling centre and Tito's night club.

Bupa also owns the 56-bed Edmond House care home on Everest Road, Ashby.

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