New £6m home to open doors

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A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of a new £6 million state of the art care home in Mildenhall is set to take place tomorrow.

Members of the community along with representatives from Forest Heath District Council, Suffolk County Council, will join with officials from Care UK for the grand opening of Mildenhall Lodge.

The new 60 bed care home, which has been built in St John’s Close on the former site of Great Heath Primary School, is the first of 10 across the county which is being rolled out by Care UK as part of a new partnership with Suffolk County Council to provide care facilities in Suffolk.

Among the first people set to move into the new home will be those at the town’s existing care home in Wamil Court, which will close up on the transfer of all the existing residents at the site, where it will be handed back to Suffolk County Council.

“This is a very exciting time as we celebrate the completion of Mildenhall Lodge, our first new care home and club for Suffolk,” said Andrew Knight, Care UK’s managing director for residential care homes.

“We very much look forward to offering members of the community the opportunity to see the new facilities before our first residents, including those from nearby Wamil Court, move into the home during the coming weeks.”

Following the official opening ceremony, which is being conducted by Cllr Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for Health and Adult Care, members of the public will be able to take tours around the site until 7pm.

Tours will also be staged around the new home on Saturday between 10am and 4pm during an official open day.

For more information contact 0333 321 1971.