Greenock Care Home enjoys visit from Chief Nursing Officer for ScotlandMerino Court Care Home in Greenock, Inverclyde, was visited on 5th December by Professor Alex McMahon, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland alongside Arelene Mailey, Service Manager for Quality and Development at Inverclyde HSCP and Laura Moore, Chief Nurse at Inverclyde HSCP.

Residents and colleagues of the HC-One owned care home enjoyed meeting Professor McMahon, Arelene and Laura, and chatting to them about what life is like at Merino Court – which is an integral part of the local Greenock community. 

The visit was hosted by HC-One’s Director of Nursing, Liz Richards who provided a tour to Professor Alex McMahon, Arelene Mailey and Laura Moore of the 60 bedded care home which offers nursing and nursing dementia care. The visit was also an opportunity for them to speak to Professor McMahon about HC-One Scotland’s wider work, and key issues in the sector including recruitment and retention, and the importance of the nursing workforce. 

Professor Alex McMahon, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland commented:

“Can I say thank you to Liz and the team for helping to organise my visit to Merino Court. I was not only made very welcome but learned a lot about the work of HC-One across Scotland and indeed the UK. It was a pleasure to walk around the home and to speak to some of the staff and residents.

“I hope the link that has now been made with the Chief Nurse for Inverclyde will not only serve well in terms of Merino Court, but also the wider connections you can make through Laura and the other Chief Nurses in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.”

Liz Richards, Director of Nursing Care at HC-One said:

“It was a pleasure meeting Professor Alex McMahon, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland alongside Arelene Mailey, Service Manager for Quality and Development and Laura Moore Chief Nurse, both from Inverclyde HSCP. Morag Hynes, Home Manager of Merino Court hosted the event where we discussed the Care and Nursing workforce across Scotland. The connections were invaluable forging excellent relationships for the future.”

Maxine Smedley, Managing Director of HC-One Scotland said:

“I welcomed the visit to the area and was grateful for the time Professor McMahon spent at Merino Court care home and the conversation around the care and nursing workforce. I am very proud of the services offered locally and this was an excellent opportunity to show how Merino Court and HC-One Scotland have developed high level of services for the people in the area.

I would like to wish Professor McMahon all the best in his upcoming retirement and for his invaluable contribution to nursing and health leadership in Scotland over the past 40 years. I look forward to working with his successor.”

 Morag Hynes, Home Manager at Merino Court stated:

“We were delighted to welcome Professor Alex McMahon alongside Arelene Mailey, and Laura Moore to Merino Court Care Home. Everyone had a great time, chatting and discussing key issues they care about and what actions can be taken to overcome them.”