Nazareth House care home to close

The Nazareth House in Bishop Street. 1501JM20
The Nazareth House in Bishop Street. 1501JM20

Nazareth House Residential Care Home is to close with the loss of 33 jobs.

The home will close its doors on September 7 after 120 years, it was announced this afternoon.

The decision was taken following a review of the facility by independent consultants and came 18 months after the publication OF the findings of an inspection carried out by Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) into the quality of management an care in the Bishop Street care home.

The Sisters of Nazareth said the announcement was made with “deep regret”. A statement issued following a meeting at the care home this afternoon reads: “It is with deep regret that the Sisters of Nazareth, who own and operates Nazareth House Residential Care Home, Bishop Street, Derry has announced today that, unfortunately, the facility will close. The decision is based on the findings and recommendations of a strategic review of the facility conducted by independent consultants – BDO.”

Care will continue to be provided for the remaining 18 residents until alternative accommodation is sourced with the support of the Western Health and Social Care Trust, the statement added.

The consultant’s recommendation for closure was based on three driving forces: Falling demand for residential care; the unsustainable financial performance of the home and the fact that the facility requires significant capital investment.

The statement adds: “As a result of the closure of 69 beds in the home, there will, unfortunately, be a loss of 33 full time equivalent jobs. Management is now entering into a consultative process in the coming days with the staff on the proposed redundancies. The decision to close was not taken lightly.

“The Sisters of Nazareth have managed the residential care home in Derry for over 120 years and are very saddened at the necessary closure and the subsequent loss of jobs in the locality.

“We would like to pay tribute to and thank all the loyal staff for their years of service to the Home.

“The Home’s first priority is the continuing care and wellbeing of residents currently in their care. The Congregation and Management will work with residents, staff and the Trust in providing the best of care and services while residents await the provision of alternative accommodation.

“The Sisters would like to thank the people of Derry, Bishops, priests and parishioners of the dioceses and associates of the Home for their ongoing support and generosity which have enabled the Congregation to serve the residents for over 120 years.”