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**BIG NEWS - TOP 20 Care Home Awards**

We are delighted that ALL FOUR of our Care Homes have been rated in the TOP 20 Care Homes in Northern Ireland as a result of independent reviews compiled by

We are so proud of our all our teams across all four homes who are so dedicated to delivering great care to our residents especially during the last 18months. Given that there is 482 Care Homes in Northern Ireland this makes these awards all the more impressive!!!

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Burnview Healthcare in the Paper

A few weeks back we had the privilege of having one of our Directors interviewed in the #GetGot jobs In the Spotlight section of the Irish News.

Bramblewood Care Home - Long Service Awards

Today we celebrated three of our team who have been with us a combined 55 years!!!

Our Care Assistants Joanne Midgely with over 25 years’ service, followed closely by Billy McCallum with 20 years’ service and last but not least Danielle Larmour with 10 years’ service.

In the last couple of years, we've started recognising our teams long service as we have so many that have dedicated much of their working lives to our care homes. 

We love giving out these awards and look forward to handing out more 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 year awards (yes Joanne that's a wee target for you!!) in the near future.  

We really appreciate all your years of service to Bramblewood Care Home.

Marina Care Home - Long Service Awards

Today we celebrated two of our team who have been with us a combined 35 years.  Our Staff Nurse Iris Hessin has dedicated 25 years to Marina Care Home and is still going strong and our Home Administrator Claire Ferris has notched up an impressive 10 years’ service and has her eyes on matching Iris's 25 years of service.

We love giving out long service awards as it is a testament to the great team we have. We've a few more to present in the coming days to our colleagues in our sister homes.

Update on Family and Friends Visiting

As a Covid-19 free Care Home we re-opened for Safe visiting in Mid-June as we know how much this means to our residents and their families.

Further to the Health Ministers recent announcement on Care Home visiting our Policy on visiting remains the same and we feel that a cautious approach is very important as although transmission rates have reduced, we are acutely aware that Covid-19 still exists and as such we must protect our vulnerable residents and staff.

The relaxation of lockdown measures could in itself lead to added risk of transmission and we have already seen examples of areas throughout the world having to return to strict lockdown measures due to a second spike in the virus. We feel me must protect our vulnerable and elderly residents from that risk.

We will permit visiting to our designated internal visiting area and gardens areas with the following conditions:

·         30min visit on a pre-booked appointment basis only. Bookings can be arranged by contacting the Home directly and will be on a first come first served basis

·         Visiting can take place in good weather in our seated garden areas but under strict social distancing conditions

·         Visitors should bring their own facemask

·         Our visitors book must be filled in on each visit

·         We will facilitate visiting for end of life care and this will be arranged with the Home Manager or Nursing Staff on an individual basis

·         We aim to facilitate visiting for residents nursed in bed and this should be arranged with the Home Manager or Nursing Staff on an individual basis

The indoor visiting area we have created is accessed without entering the main confines of the home. We have installed a protective clear roller screen, sanitiser points and seating which can be easily sanitised between visits.

We appreciate this is not a return to full visiting but we must risk assess how we permit visiting with the protection of our residents and staff paramount.

If you have not already organised a visit we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Relatives Communication Reminder

Throughout these times we understand the anxiety it can cause by not being able to visit your relatives.

We want to keep as many methods of communication open to you so you can both speak to our Nurses for updates or to communicate directly with your loved one.

We are only too happy to take phone and video calls and we have outlined the contact details for the Video Calling in the picture as a reminder of this facility which we know many of you have availed of and appreciated.

For our part as is usual practice we will make contact with you should there be any change to your relatives condition and any wider potential issues in the Home should the need arise.

Our teams are working immensely hard at these testing times and are taking all available precautions to safeguard your relative as well as themselves as they go home to their own families after each shift.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding and can assure you of our best efforts.

Take care 

Furloughed Workers can become Healthcare Heroes

We have received brilliant news that Furloughed workers can receive their payment of 80% AND work in care to support the FRONT-LINE HEALTHCARE TEAMS and earn some extra money.
This updated policy will benefit the Health and Social Care Sector to include Care Homes and all care providers across the nation who desperately need everyones support during the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.
If you or someone you know is Furloughed and has the qualities and compassion to help in Front-line care, you can without impacting your Furloughed status.
Please contact us for further details on how to apply by emailing

We're Recruiting - Join our Team

We are aware of the uncertainty surrounding job security at present however we are currently seeking to recruit a number of positions within all our Care Homes including Nurses, Care Assistants, Kitchen Assistants and Domestic Assistants.  These positions will be for bank hours however could lead to permanent positions.
If you are interested in any of these positions please email

Video Calling - Keeping you Connected

With the ongoing restrictions in visting to all our care homes we appreciate this is causing many family and friends great anxiety especially not being able to see their loved ones.  We will be using our social media platforms to post pictures and videos more often to demonstrate that the show really does go on in all our care homes.
In addition we have purchased mobile phones for each Home so that we can facilitate video calls via WhatsApp with your loved ones.  These will be available from Mothers Day onwards.  
Please contact your Care Home for further details.

Covid-19 Coronovirus: Restricted Visiting

All Burnview Healthcare Care Homes are closed to ALL visitors. This is a precautionary measure taken by management in order to protect our residents and staff.
Visitors should only attempt to visit by agreement with the Home Manager in urgent circumstances such as end of life care.  All activities and events are postponed until further notice.
We will make necessary arrangements to ensure that all urgent medical interventions and appointments proceed.
We will review these arrangements regularly taking into consideration advise form the Public Health Agency.

Sponsored Fitness Day - Bramblewood Care Home

Today the staff and residents in Bramblewood Care Home donned their gym gear in a Sponsored Fitness day raising funds for the residents activity funds. What better way to work off some calories before we celebrate 'Cup Cake Day' next week with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Society.  Well done to everyone and enjoy your 'guilt free' cupcakes next week.

Marina Care Home rated one of top in NI

Marina Care Home in Ballyronan has been chosen by residents and their families as one of the Top 20 care homes in Northern Ireland on online care home review guide
There are 431 homes in Northern Ireland, with the top 20 receiving an award.

The award is based on reviews of the care home written by their residents, as well as their friends and relatives.

Una McTaggart, care home manager, said: "At Marina Care Home and indeed in the wider Burnview Healthcare Group, we have an ethos whereby our residents are Living Amongst Friends.  We have a dedicated team many of whom are long-term that I am proud to lead.  Together we endeavour to provide the highest standards of holistic care to our residents.  We are delighted that once again our picturesque home on the shores of Lough Neagh has been recognised by our relatives and visitors in respect of high standards of care we deliver and this has lead us to receiving this Top 20 Care Home Award in Northern Ireland."

To view Marina Care Home's reviews, go to

Rockfield Care Home rated one of the top in NI


Rockfield Care Home in Newry has been chosen by residents and their families as one of the Top 20 care homes in Northern Ireland on online care home review guide

There are 431 homes in Northern Ireland, with the top 20 receiving an award.

The award is based on reviews of the care home written by their residents, as well as their friends and relatives.

Loida Nepomuceno, care home manager, said: “At Rockfield Care Home and indeed in the wider Burnview Healthcare Group, we have an ethos whereby our residents are Living Amongst Friends. We have a dedicated team many of whom are long-term that I am proud to lead. Together we endeavour to provide the highest standards of holistic care to our residents. We are delighted once again that our high standards have been recognised in receiving this Top 20 Care Home Award in Northern Ireland.”

Amanda Hopkins, reviews manager of, said: “It is only the residents and their families and friends who can give a real insight into what a care home is like, which is why we use their reviews to find the best care homes in the UK. Choosing a care home can be a time consuming and exhausting process so we hope our awards help make the search easier.

“Rockfield Care Home has proved they provide a high standard of care and we would like to congratulate them on being a Top 20 care home in Northern Ireland! It is a huge achievement to be recognised for being a top rated care home by the people receiving the care.

“The reviews on reveal that many care homes are filled with warmth and laughter, where staff do their utmost to ensure residents continue to live life to the full and are treated with dignity and respect.”

A spokesperson for QCS (Quality Compliance Systems) said “We are really pleased to be sponsoring the awards. Our purpose at QCS is to help create a fairer and compassionate world and we hope these awards help to set a high standard of outstanding care for the most vulnerable in society.”

To view Rockfield Care Home’s reviews, go to

Marina Long Service Award 

In June 2018 two fo our Staff Nurses marked long service milestones at Marina Care Home in Ballyronan. Staff Nurse Margaret McKenna has dedicated 30 years long service to Marina and not far behind is Staff Nurse Iris Hession who has been part of our team for 23 years. Both Nurses have shown unbelievable loyalty and dedication not only to their profession but ultimatley to all our past and present residents in the Marina Care Home. 

We are only too glad to mark the occasion with a surprise part attended by their proud families, the Chair of Mid Ulster Council, Mr Sean McPeake, the Home Manager Una McTaggart and the Care Home owners, the Kelly Family. Both Margaret and Iris received beautiful engraved crystal to mark their remarkable service in a day when the Marina also held a successful fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society. 

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Rockfield Care Home Open Day 

On Sunday 29th July 2018 Rockfield Care Home opened their doors to friends and family members. This was a chance for everyone to get involved and see the great work that goes on within our Care Home. 

The summer garden party had entertainment by Trevor Dixon, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and a Fab Granny Award. Members of our staff dressed up as Mr and Mrs Rockfield 2018 with the residents getting involved also. 

As the Eari Wig festival was running that weekend in Newry town centre, the Eari Wig himself called up into the Home to greet residents and staff. 

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Rockfield Sponsored Walk

On Sunday 17th June staff and friends from Rockfield Care Home in Newry took part in a sponsored walk in Aid of the Southern Area Hospice along the new Newry Greenway. 

A great day was had by everyone and the staff at Rockfield would like to thank everyone that took part in the walk and helped sponsor them. 

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Alzheimer's Society Cup Cake Day Fundraiser 


On 14th June Bramblewood Care Home held a coffee morning to raise some funds for the Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day. This is a charity that is close to our hearts across all our four Care Homes. The staff got involved and made the cupcakes which went down a treat for many of our residents and guests. 
We want to say a big thank you to all you supported our coffee morning in Bramblewood. 

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Bramblewood Care Home Improvement Works 

We have just completed a substantial investment in the grounds of Bramblewood in time for our summer ‘heat wave’! The works included a new paving and walled seating area allowing more usable outdoor space for our residents to enjoy. We also completed upgrading words to the front of the Home and Landscaping works which included a new upgraded car parking. 

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Rockfield's Easter Bonnet Competition 

In Rockfield the residents were getting into the Easter Spirit over the weekend with an Easter party. This included an Easter bonnet competition which resident Colette won with her colourful bonnet. 

All the residents had a great day decorating their bonnets and enjoyed showing off their finished results. 

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Bryansburn Enjoy Some Traditional Music 

Bryansburn kicked off the St Patrick's Day celebrations this week with a performance of some traditional Irish music. Paddy Cassidy brought along his Irish whistle and entertained the residents. 
Everyone really enjoyed the music and it was a great way to start the weeks events for St Patrick' Day. 

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Pancake Tuesday

On 13th February  Bramblewood Care celebrated Shrove Tuesday. The residents enjoyed Pancake Tuesday with freshly made pancakes and lots of different toppings such as fresh fruit, chocolate, lemon juice and bacon.  

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Rockfield's meal out

Braving the winter weather recently some of our residents from Rockfield Care Home enjoyed a lovely meal out at Mayobrige Golf Club.


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Marina Christmas Party 2017

Marina Christmas Party 2017

On Tuesday 19th December Marina Care Home had their annual Christmas Party. Entertainment was provided to the residents and their family by Loup Primary School and Ballyronan Playgroup as well as the Music Man! Everyone had a great time. 

Throughout the Christmas week Marina Care Home was also visited by St Treas Primary School which provided musical entertainment and irish dancing by pupils who are champion dancers and musicians. The residents also had their Christmas outing to Cookstown garden centre and cafe, which every thoroughly enjoyed.  

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Bramblewood Christmas Party 2017

Bramblewood Christmas Party 2017

Our residents in Bramblewood Care Home, Bangor enjoyed their Christmas Party in December 2017. The Christmas Party had entertainment by the resident favourite 'Elvis' and refreshments in the form of mulled wine and mince pies along with a visit from Santa. 

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the residents and family members were treated to a full on activity programme, including coffee morning and bake sale, carol services and a Christmas movie night. The male residents also benefited from a Christmas pamper to get them ready for the festive events. 


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Bryansburn Christmas Party 2017 

Bryansburn Christmas Party 2017

Here are just some photos of our team and residents enjoying their Annual Christmas Party 2017 in Bryansburn Care Home. The staff and residents were joined by family and friends and treated to festive refreshments and entertainment, topped off by a visit from Santa!

Throughout the Christmas period Bryansburn Care Home held a number of festive events for the residents including the Christmas movie 'ELF' and Christmas carols sung by some local choirs. 

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Bramblewood's MacMillian Coffee Morning 

We had a delightful morning on 29th September for MacMcillian's 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning'. Residents and staff enjoyed tea/coffee as well as some great home baking. Most importantly we raised a great amount MacMillian Cancer Support. 

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Long Service Awards at 3 of our Care Homes. 

At Burnview Healthcare we are delighted to be celebrating with some of our staff who have been with us over 20years. Our people have always been our greatest asset and everyones individual contributions make for an exceptional team. It is our staff who enable us to deliver the customer service that shows our passion for the organisation we are today. 

We want to thank the following staff for their dedication and acknowledge the value of their commitment to Burnview Healthcare:  
Yvonne Thompson  (Care Assistant) 20years in Bramblewood 
Lorna McClintock ( Head Cook )  20years in Bryansburn 
Lorraine Robinson ( Catering Assistant/ Cook) 21 years in Bryansburn 
Fearghal Goodman ( Catering Assistant) 25 years in Rockfield
Carmel Flynn (Head Cook) 25years in Rockfield. 


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Bryansburn Annual Summer Garden Party. 

Bryansburn Care Home recently had their Annual Summer Garden Party which unfortunately had to be held indoors due to weather. However a great day was had with beautiful food and Elvis went down a storm with residents, visitors and staff!!

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Rockfield Residents take a trip to Warrenpoint's Maidens of the Mournes International Festival.

Rockfield residents enjoyed a day out to Warrenpoint's Maiden of the Mournes The Maiden of the Mournes International Festival continues to offer something for everyone from the free open air musical entertainment each evening, the childrens events. the fireworks display, sports events, brass and accordion bands, the Selection & Crowning of the 'Maiden of the Mournes' and the festival closing parade.

The highlight of the trip was seeing Hugo Duncan, some of our residents even got involved in his performance. 

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Annual Summer Garden Party at Bramblewood. 

On the 19th August, Bramblewood Care Home had their Annual Summer Garden Party. The residents and family members along with staff enjoyed a BBQ, garden games, a raffle as well as an Elvis impersonator!!

Everyone had a great time during the afternoon's activities. 

Alzheimer's Fundraising. 

On the 15th and 16th June we joined forces with the Alzheimer's Society to raise some much needed funds for a charity that is close to our hearts across all our four Care Homes. We ran a number of activites and events over the two days to coincide with the Alzheimer's Society's Cupcake Day. The cupcakes went down a treat for many of our residents and guests. 

Over the four Care Homes we are delighted to say we have raised a substantial donation to the Alzheimer's Society from the day. 

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Burnview in the Media!

We were recently featured in the August edition of the Ulster Tatler, showcasing some of the activities that we got up to during our Open Day in June.  

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Rockfield Canal Walk

A few of our residents enjoyed a recent walk round the city with our two Activity Coordinators Caroline and Pauline. This included taking in the beautiful fountains along Newry Canal on what was a beautiful sunny day. Jean and Philomena pictured really enjoyed the walk on one of our few sunny days!!!

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Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day & Care Home Open Day in Marina

On Friday 16 th June we joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise some much needed funds. We also took the opportunity to embrace the 5 th Annual Care Home Open Day and were delighted to welcome Councillor Mark Glasgow (Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster Council) and MLA Patsy McGlone. Both men took time out of their busy schedules and spent time talking to residents and reminiscing with them about the local area! The cupcakes went down a storm as we all took a day off ‘dieting’.

The afternoon brought even more delights as an old themed baking demonstration took place where we were able to further indulge in tasty pancakes and soda farls. To relax after that we had a beautiful violin recital in the lounge which rounded of a great day in which we are delighted to have raised a great amount for the Alzheimer’s Society!!!

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Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day in Bryansburn

On Thursday 15 th June we joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise some much needed funds for a charity very close to our hearts in Bryansburn. Our cook spent two days previous cooking up a storm and treated us all to some wonderful Cupcakes!

We were delighted to welcome along Mrs Mae Burke from the Alzheimer’s Society who spoke with a number of our families and residents giving great advice and explaining the great work that the charity does. In addition Councillor Scott Wilson who took time out from his busy schedule to offer support for this great cause. A great day was had by all especially those with a sweet tooth and we are glad to say we raised a great amount for the Alzheimer’s Society!!!

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Bramblewood's 'Care Home Open Day' 

As Care Home Open Day's emphasis is on the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport, the theme for this year will be "Friendship". As part of this year's event on Friday 16 th June we took part on the 5 th Annual Care Home Open Day across our Homes. 

In Bramblewood we hosted a number of events to include a Yoga Session, party games, a mini disco with Mocktails and Buffet Tea. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Lady Hermon MLA and Councillor Alex Easton who spent time meeting residents and staff and enjoyed afternoon tea with some beautiful homemade cupcakes and treats. This day was a culmination of a great weeks entertainment in the Home which included Carers week. Throughout the week we had events for residents and staff to include various beauty treatments, BBQ and a visit from our local ice cream van!!

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Enjoying the sunshine at Bramblewood

Residents enjoying the sunshine

With the recent good weather some of our residents in Bramblewood were out in the garden enjoying the sunshine and playing dominoes. 

It is great to take advantage of the garden while the sunshine lasts!

Top 20 Care Home Awards 2017

The Top 20 Care Home Awards 2017 highlight the most recommended Care Homes in each region of the UK. We are delighted that Bryansburn, Bramblewood and Marina all achieved this great accolade within Northern Ireland.

The impartial reviews of our residents and their families are of great feedback. We welcome constructive feedback so we can make improvements where possible, and of course we also love a bit of praise!!!

Our teams from management, administration, nurses, carers, catering, housekeeping and maintenance all work in unision to create Care Homes that we are all proud off!!

Pictured above is some of our great team at Marina Care Home.

Why not pop accross and have a look at some of our reviews here

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Nurse Day 2017

At Burnview Healthcare we took time out last week to treat our Nurses on National Nurses Day 2017!!

We had a great morning in Bramblewood with plenty of cake and treats with novelty nurses packs given to all our nurses. A special word of thanks  to our Activity Staff and Cook who put great effort into the celebrations.

The local paper came out to mark the ocassion and we were able to show off our recent award for Top 20 in Care in Northern Ireland which is testament to the great work and commitment shown by all our team!!

The day was all about our Great Nurses though!!!

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