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Caring for Everyone for more than 40 years

Welcome to Wenham Holt

Wenham Holt Nursing Home is  an independently owned, family run home, offering high-quality nursing and residential services since 1978. Registered for up to 50 people who require nursing or residential care in a converted Victorian property.

Whilst we are registered for 50 people we operate below this number and usually only have 42 - 46 residents at any one time. This means our staff have more time to offer person centred care and assistance to everyone.

Our nursing home is situated in peaceful surroundings a mile from the village of Liss and close to the towns of Petersfield and Liphook. We are less than 30 minutes drive away from towns such as Guildford, Chichester, Portsmouth and Winchester.

Set in a large converted Victorian house with purpose built extensions many of our rooms are available with en-suite facilities and we offer a wide range of services.

We provide fully personalised nursing care to our patients and can offer a home for people with complex nursing needs. Including those with dementia, Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis and other progressive conditions. We also offer a home to people with a learning disability whose primary need is for nursing.

We have an extensive activities programme and encourage people to take an active part in the local community. Prior to the current Covid-19 pandemic our minibus would go out on trips most days for shopping, coffee and lunch outings. Further information about our activities and other services can be found in the documents at the foot of this website.

The consultation on making vaccination a condition of employment in care homes has concluded and a further consultation has been launched on on extending this to the NHS and other social care settings. In response to the consultation the Government will be bringing forward regulations to make vaccination a condition for any individual working in a regulated care home.  The response can be found at this link

Making vaccination a condition of employment

 Care Home Visiting Guidance from 17 May 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus

Our visiting policy from 17 May 2021 can be found here

Please telephone 01730 895125 to make an appointment to visit, we have a booking system with four slots each day from 09.30 to 17.00

We ask that relatives and friends be aware of this new policy before visiting and please make an appointment at least 48 hours in advance.

Please do not enter the nursing home without booking in at the front door first.

Newsletter March 2021 is available here

Vaccination update 16 May 2021. 

All patients who were able to take up the offer of a vaccine have now had their two doses. We are still not sure if there is a policy to vaccinate patients in hospital before they are discharged and any new admissions, if they are not vaccinated will be included in our vaccination programme.

So far as members of staff are concerned, all care and nursing staff have had two vaccinations. However, we must  continue to work as before with all Infection Control precautions in place because whilst the vaccine may provide individual 'self-protection' it is not yet clear as to the extent COVID-19 can be transmitted by a person who has been vaccinated. 

Unfortunately this means we will not be back to 'normal' for the foreseeable future. 

The latest Coronavirus updates for GU33 7PD  can be found here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/search?postcode=Gu33+7pd

There is a dashboard of coronavirus information which gives an idea of numbers of cases and trends at postcode level. This gives a good indication of where we are with numbers of cases. The dashboard is found at this link: https://coronavirus-staging.data.gov.uk/?fbclid=IwAR1DrhJvvs1qQ-FpAM7LfCeDOaB4tiKzj_mlfWuMs-9QuGzT52JYXvnhepE

Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone if you would like to have an update on a friend or relative but bear in mind that we are still caring for patients as well as doing everything else expected of us because of the current COVID-19 situation and may not be able to answer the phone immediately.

You can also contact us through this website.

See our other Covid-19 News >
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Something everyday for everyone

At Wenham Holt Nursing Home, we offer a warm welcome to all our new patients. As the activities are designed to suit all tastes, individuals can find something that they like in our everyday schedule.

We create activities that involve and engage our residents. The activities encourage the residents to be comfortable, happy and to get along with each other in a welcoming atmosphere.

Our activities are designed to involve all our residents, be it participation or as a spectator.

The in-house activities we provide include seated keep fit, live music therapy,  gardening club, bingo and games, sing-a-long sessions, hand massages, aromatherapy and much more.

If any of our residents are nursed in bed or have special requirements, we offer therapies designed to help them at their bedside including poetry and newspaper readings, pet visits and so on.

In addition to activities in the nursing home we offer day trips and outings in our own minibus on a regular basis including weekly trips out for coffee and pub lunches and visits to local attractions.

We also have the use of a beach hut on Hayling Island and use this as a base for a trip to the seaside at least once a year, weather permitting.

Person centred care

These activities are part of the personalised care plan which we offer to everyone who lives at Wenham Holt Nursing Home. We aim to make sure that our residents feel welcomed and are encouraged to take part in activities if they wish to do so.

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Qualified staff

All the nurses and nursing assistants are highly qualified and experienced professionals. They will go the extra mile to ensure the comfort of our residents. We have a full time chef who prepares and cooks fresh, nutritious, healthy meals for our residents in our fully fitted kitchen.

Services Include

  • Hairdressing
  • Chiropody
  • Newspaper delivery
  • Visiting GP
  • In-house laundry
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Home-cooked meals and much more

Why choose us?

As we are an independent and privately owned nursing home, we are able to offer individual personalised services. We work to ensure our residents are able to live the lifestyle they choose so far as is possible.

Associations

  • Member of Hampshire Care Association
  • Member of Care England
  • Regulated by the Care Quality Commission
  • Trusted NHS partner
  • Hampshire County Council and other local authority partner
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Specialist nursing and residential care services

At Wenham Holt Nursing and Residential Home, we offer individual nursing and residential care for people who need full-time care and attention. Our nursing home is registered to provide accommodation for 50 residents.

We have spacious lounges and a separate dining room, two conservatories and a sunny patio.

Wenham Holt is set in over 6 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens which can be enjoyed all year round.

You can choose between single or shared rooms, many with en-suite facilities.

In addition to general nursing care for the elderly and younger adults with nursing needs, we also cater for those living with dementia and other progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple sclerosis. Other residents may have physical disabilities, learning difficulties or require dedicated treatment for disease, disorder or injury.

All our care is fully personalised to meet the needs of the individual and we offer a wide range of services including:

  • Qualified Nurses on duty 24 hours a day.
  • Individual assessments of need in consultation with family members.
  • Specialised equipment including electric hoists, pressure relieving mattresses and lift access to all floors.
  • Doctors in regular attendance with option for local residents to remain with existing GP.
  • Stimulating activities programme designed to promote mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Retained physiotherapist to assess physical needs and encourage independence.
  • Visiting dental and chiropody services.
  • Double rooms available for couples.
  • Overnight accommodation for relatives.
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the home.
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Quality Assurance

With over 40 years of experience running our family owned nursing home we are proud to be trusted partners with the NHS in the provision of top class health care to the community. We are long standing members of Hampshire Care Association and Care England.

We comply with all standards and offer a first rate standard of care and service to all our patients and we welcome you to come and visit us and see for yourself. Please contact us and make an appointment to visit or for further information.

Testimonials

From an NHS Commissioner: I am writing to express my most sincere thanks to you and your staff for the exemplary support you provided to the health and care system on 24 December 2019. As you are aware we were facing a very distressing situation......and your willingness to help made the task significantly easier. -January 2020.

From the husband of a resident: My thanks to you both and your team for Christmas Day and for lunch. My thanks also for the lovely birthday cake made for my wife on Saturday. Very nicely iced and enjoyable. - January 2020.

From the daughter of a resident: I am writing to thank you for the care of my Dad during the last nineteen months of his life in such a warm and homely atmosphere. Please extend these thanks to all your staff whose care preserved his dignity in sometimes difficult circumstances. Thank you again. - January 2020.

From the family of a resident: We wanted you to know how incredibly grateful we are for tall that you did for mum. Your kindness, compassion, understanding and love surrounded her and us, it was a tangible thing and eased the end of what has been a very difficult journey for us all. We will never forget you. - 28 October 2019.

From the friend of a resident: To all the staff at Wenham Holt. Thank you all for looking after my dearest friend and for supporting her family and friends too. Thank you for looking after her so well and seeing her comfortable. -28 October 2019.

From the daughter of a resident: I just wanted to thank you all very much for looking after my very dear mother. You all looked after her so well and I really appreciate it. Take care everone and look after yourselves. With best wishes. - 20 October 2019.

From the friend of a resident: To all the staff at Wenham Holt Nursing Home for all the care you showed to my good friend. You are all truly amazing and we thank you for the tea and cakes over the last six months. Thak you again to everyone. - 16 October 2019.

From a resident: Once again I have to thank you so deeply for your hospitality. You are kindness itself to me, as are your staff. Wenham has always been so welcoming. The only way I can thank you both and them is rememberance in my prayers. Thank you both and all the staff. - October 2019.

From the niece of a resident: Thank you so much for your kindness and care of Kathleen for the time she was with you. It is only with those like you who give hope to our world. Thank you so much. -12 October 2019.

From the son of a resident: Thank you all for your kindness and helping my mum on her amazing recovery. - August 2019.

COVID-19 NEWS

For the forseeable future, this section of the website will be dedicated to providing advice and information about the COVID-19 situation nationally and at Wenham Holt.

Visiting guidance updated 16 March 2021.

Further guidance has been issued about care home visiting which the Prime Minister outlined in his road map  on 22 February 2021. The new visiting regime came into operation on 8 March 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus/update-on-policies-for-visiting-arrangements-in-care-homes

6 January 2021.

National Lockdown Advice - Care Home Visits. 6 January 2021.

Visits to Care Homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial  screens,visiting pods or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak.


Visits will continue to take place in the ' pod' but the conservatory doors will have to be shut. A two way intercom system is  available to make communication easier. We will of course keep a watchful eye on the ever changing situation and make changes as appropriate. However, it appears that the national lockdown restrictions will be in place for some time.

Updated 6 January 2021.

Visiting Policy updated 6 January 2021.

In light of the most recent guidance our visiting policy has been revised and updated, a copy of can be found here: 


Visiting Policy


New National Lockdown rules now apply to England and can be found here

An excellent day at Wenham Holt on 31 December, a visit from the local primary care  team who administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to another 26 of our residents. Add these the 13 residents we took to the local hub on 18 December, all but two of our current residents are now vaccinated. In addition, 63 staff have had the first dose of the vaccine. Very many thanks to everyone who has made this possible.🙏🙏💉💉💉 

Updated national and local guidance for COVID-19 prevention and care home testing. 23 December 2020.
Given the current high levels of COVID-19 circulating in the community, the most likely route of entry of COVID into a care home is through staff members.
To protect staff and residents, please ensure that you have fully implemented the following precautions:
 All staff to be asked at the start of every shift to confirm whether they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
 Lateral flow testing twice weekly for all care home staff (in addition to weekly PCR tests)
 Ensure that staff continue to wear PPE appropriately (masks at all times) and are socially distancing (including at breaks, mealtimes and when travelling to and from work)
 Screening of all non COVID-19 hospital discharges at days 2, 5 and 10 using Lateral Flow tests or PCR to detect asymptomatic disease.
If homes have sufficient Lateral Flow tests they may also wish to consider more regular testing of staff whilst community prevalence is high.
Whilst the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, consistent cough and loss of taste or smell, if you have any of the following symptoms staff are strongly advised to discuss these with their line manager and seek a COVID-19 test to prevent potentially bring COVID-19 into the care home environment.

 All staff to be asked at the start of every shift to confirm that they do not have stmptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Following a significant rise in infections, attributed to the rapid spread of a new variant of coronavirus, DHSC have updated  guidance on staff testing for all care homes in England.
This additional testing will be using the lateral flow device (LFD) tests delivered to all care homes this month.
In addition to the current regular PCR testing regime, the new guidance advises all care home staff in all tiers to:
 Undertake an additional two lateral flow device (LFD) tests per week, ideally at the beginning of the shift:
 One LFD test on the same day as the PCR test.
 One LFD test midweek between PCR tests. If any staff test positive, they will need to undertake a confirmatory PCR and then self-isolate at home immediately until they receive their result.
 Undertake an LFD test before beginning their shift if they’ve worked elsewhere since their last shift.
In addition to the above, if there are any positive cases found in a care home in tier 4 areas only, staff should also:
 Undertake daily LFD testing for 7 days, ideally at the beginning of the shift. If any staff test positive, they will need to undertake a confirmatory PCR and then self isolate at home immediately until they receive their result. 
There is no change to testing for residents.
For further information, please see the full updated care home testing guidance here:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_da ta/file/947786/Care_Home_Testing_Guidance_England_v23-12_-_1.pdf

You can also see a summary overview of adult social care testing policy here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_da ta/file/947780/Care_Home_Testing_Guidance_visual_v2212_-_3.pdf


The results of the latest round of whole home testing undertaken on 15 December  are back and we have no positive results. All staff who have worked at Wenham Holt in the preceding 7 day period are also tested every week which accounts for approximately 60 tests every week. 
Contrary to popular belief including that of the Relatives and residents association and a journalist from the Times newspaper who had an article published on14 November, visits are taking place during the new lockdown period using the appointment system. Our visiting policy also includes for longer more intimate visits when this would be beneficial for the both the residents and families. It seems that,as ever we are damned if we do and damned if we don't but please rest assured we are doing all we can to keep our residents safe whilst making sure their families can visit if they would like to.

The results of the latest round of whole home testing undertaken last Wednesday  14 October  are back and we have no positive results. 

We remain very mindful of the changing situation with regard to transmission of the virus and note that in the week up to 17 October there were 42 cases per 100,000 people and the average area in England had 102. There were 51 cases in the last week a reduction of 22 compared with the previous week. However in neigbouring Waverley there were 101 cases per 100,000 people in the latest week and 127 cases reported an increase of 22 compared with the previous week.

Visiting times. Due to the need for additional cleaning and sanitising between visits to the 'pod' we are making appointments on the hour for a duration of 30 minutes. Please be aware of this when booking that your time will start at the top of the hour wherever possible.

The results of our whole home COVID-19 testing of residents last Wednesday 14 October  are back and all results are negative. In addition to these tests, staff are tested on a weekly basis and the results of these are also all negative.


Previous updates:

The results of our whole home COVID-19 testing carried out last Wednesday 16 September and Saturday 19th September are now back and visiting can recommence.

Government press announcement. 16 September 2020.

MORE THAN HALF A BILLION POUNDS GIVEN TO SOCIAL CARE TO REDUCE CORONAVIRUS TRANSMISSION OVER WINTER

Care providers will be given an extra £546m to bolster infection control

  • The Infection Control Fund has been extended to ensure providers have the resources they need to halt transmission of COVID-19 throughout winter  
  • The fund can be used to pay staff wages for those self-isolating and hire more staff to restrict movement between homes 

Care providers in England will benefit from over half a billion pounds extra funding to reduce COVID-19 transmission and help protect residents and staff throughout winter. 

The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with an extra £546 million to help the care sector restrict the movement of staff between care homes to stop the spread of the virus.

It means The fund will help care providers pay staff full wages when they are self-isolating, and enable staff to work in only one care home, reducing the risk of spreading the infection. 

This brings the total funding for infection control measures in care homes to over £1.1bn and underlines the Government’s commitment to ensure adult social care has the resources it needs to keep residents and staff safe. 

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: 

“From the very beginning we have done everything possible to make sure our social care system is protected and has the resources it needs to keep our brilliant workforce and those they care for safe. 

“This new funding of over half a billion pounds will support not only care home residents, but also some of the most vulnerable in society living at home and in supported living.

“I know this will give peace of mind to so many, and we will set out further detail in our Adult Social Care Winter Plan this week.”

Data published by DHSC in July showed the funding has helped providers to take key steps to improve infection prevention and control in care settings, including restricting staff movement in care homes and paying staff to self-isolate.

Minister for Care, Helen Whately said:

“I know just how hard social care staff have been working over the last 6 months to provide compassionate care for our loved ones and keep them safe in the face of this global threat. I am committed to ensuring the social care system has everything they need for the winter months ahead.

“Today we have set out additional funding to bolster infection prevention and protect our loved ones receiving care.”

From the start of the pandemic we have been doing everything we can to ensure care home residents and staff are protected.


The Care Quality Commission have issued a statement setting out how they will regulate during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From 6 October they will be rolling out their transitional regulatory approach starting with adult social care and dental services.

The statement can be found on the CQC website: Statement on Inspection regime

The visitor 'pod' is now completed and would ask everyone to please contact in advance and make an appointment if they would like to visit. Please telephone 01730 895125 and speak to the nurse in charge who will check the calendar and let you know of availability. Visits are currently restricted to 30 minutes and  the number of appointments we can offer in a day are limited due to the requirement to santise the pod and conservatory between visits. Please when you visit come to the front door and ring the bell and you will be greeted by a member of staff. Please under no circumstances enter the Nursing Home unless you are invited in. 

New Visiting Policy updated 27 July 2020.

In light of the guidance issued by theDepartment of Health and Social Care on 22 July 2020 we  updated our visiting policy but this version has now been superseded.

Visiting guidance issued by Department of Health and Social Care, 22 July 2020. 

New guidance published by the government puts the onus on local authorities and local public health directors to give the go ahead that it is safe for care home visiting to start again based on local knowledge and circumstances for each care home. However, it is not clear yet when or how these bodies will issue specific local recommendations.

 Whilst awaiting the visiting guidance from the Government, many care homes including Wenham Holt produced their own visiting policies, which have allowed window and garden visits since June. Our policy has now been revised to reflect the additional recommendations made in the Government guidance.

Among the recommendations in the Government guidance is that residents should see the same visitor repeatedly, instead of multiple different people. Cutting down the number of people accessing a home is the best way to prevent coronavirus spread, along with actions such as thorough hand washing and sanitising which are also good preventative measures. In addition, visitors will have to book a time, as ad hoc visits are not yet being permitted. Another thing to be aware of is NHS Test and Trace compliance, meaning care homes are required to keep a temporary record of those visiting. This will include a current address and phone number in case tracking of any outbreaks is necessary.

 Matt Hancock, Health secretary announced: “It is really important that we don’t undo all of the hard work of care homes over the last few months while ensuring families and friends can be safely reunited so we have put in place guidance that protects everyone.”

 The new guidance was put together with input from several stakeholders within the social care sector. These include Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society UK, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Association of Directors of Public Health, Care England, Local Government Association, National Autistic Society and National Care Forum.

The Gov.uk website is a good source of information and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/

Hampshire County Council also keep their website up to date with local and national advice:

https://www.hants.gov..uk

Both Gov.uk and HCC websites contain all of the published guidance.

Visiting and Deliveries to Wenham Holt

We revised our visiting policy again on 27th July  2020 and ask that relatives and friends are aware of this new policy before visiting.  For the time being we can only facilitate visits outside, in the garden or with residents in the conservatory and a Perspex screen across the doors. Please do not enter the nursing home. 

We have not been accepting any deliveries directly into the nursing home since the end of February and ask all suppliers and delivery drivers to leave parcels outside where we sanitise the packaging and dispose of it before the goods come inside.

We will try to keep posting messages and information to Facebook which you can follow here: 

https://www.facebook.com/WenhamHoltNursingHome

Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone if you would like to have an update on a friend or relative but bear in mind that we are still caring for residents as well as doing everything else expected of us because of the current COVID-19 situation and may not be able to answer the phone immediately.

You can also contact us through this website.