Barchester acquires Avalon

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Barchester Healthcare has taken over Avalon Nursing Homes Ltd, consisting of four homes with 188 beds and includes the award winning St Thomas¹ home in Basingstoke ­ overall winner of the 1995 Care Design Awards. Avalon was developed by Mike Newman, the original founder of Country House Care Homes that was eventually sold to Boddingtons, which then became part of BUPA. Mr Newman has sold the homes as part of his retirement planning. Mike Parsons of Barchester said he first became aware of the Avalon homes after one of Barchester¹s homes had come second to St Thomas¹ in 1995. “A Barchester home had won the ward in 1994, so ever since then I have known of the high quality of the Avalon approach, and the similarity they have with our Barchester homes,” Mr Parsons said. “I¹ve known Mike Newman for quite a while and always said that when it came to his retirement he should come and see Barchester first. He and his managing director Colin Atkinson have done a first class job and should be very proud of the hom

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