Minister praises Mountvale

Pictured at the presentation of the 2012 SuperValu Best Kept Health & Social Care Facility Awards are front L-R: Roberta Brownlee, Chairman of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Doreen Muskett MBE, NIAC, Michelle Prichard, Mountvale Nursing Home, Health Minister Edwin Poots, Linda Kennedy, Mountvale Nursing Home, Connor McCann from SuperValu and NIAC patron Joe Mahon. Picture: Brian Thompson/Press Eye.
Pictured at the presentation of the 2012 SuperValu Best Kept Health & Social Care Facility Awards are front L-R: Roberta Brownlee, Chairman of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Doreen Muskett MBE, NIAC, Michelle Prichard, Mountvale Nursing Home, Health Minister Edwin Poots, Linda Kennedy, Mountvale Nursing Home, Connor McCann from SuperValu and NIAC patron Joe Mahon. Picture: Brian Thompson/Press Eye.

DROMORE’S Mountvale Private Nursing Home has picked up one of this year’s SuperValu Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards, earning the congratulations of Stormont Health Minister Edwin Poots into the bargain.

The Dromore nursing home was named runner-up in the residential category of the awards for the Southern Health Trust Region.

Attending the presentation of this year’s awards - organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and sponsored by SuperValu to recognise facilities maintained to the highest environmental standard – Mr. Poots praised Mountvale and other winners for their commitment to the health and wellbeing of service-users and staff. “I would like to congratulate all of the winners in this year’s SuperValu Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards,” he said, “and applaud them for putting so much effort into maintaining and improving their indoor and outdoor spaces.

“The awards highlight the hard work of health and social care teams, along with their clients, as it is very often a joint effort, and their commitment to making the very best of their shared surroundings.”

Almost 100 health and social care premises across Northern Ireland entered the awards scheme this year and NIAC judges have been visiting the facilities since June to find the best kept medical practices, daycare centres, clinics and residential homes.

Winners were judged in three categories - Best Kept Day Care Facilities, Best Kept Residential Facilities and Best Kept Healthcare Facilities. NIAC judges inspected facilities for general tidiness, cleanliness and environmental enhancement.

Doreen Muskett MBE, Chairman of NIAC, also praised the winners, “We would like to add our congratulations to the Minister’s and commend Mountvale Private Nursing Home and all of the winning facilities on their success.” All winners receive a personalized sign, a perpetual trophy and a monetary award. Runners-up receive a special framed certificate and a monetary prize.