– A Note From Audrey Lockhead, Chairperson / Director at Maryland HealthCare –

“My name is Audrey Lockhead and my dreams have come to fruition in Maryland Healthcare.

I have over 45 years’ experience in healthcare in the National Health Service, Private Hospitals and Care homes. I commenced my career in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1971. I have cared for all age groups during my career and I have made it my professional and personal ambition during my 34 years at senior management level to not only lead by example to deliver the highest standard of care but also to innovate improvement in care in our hospitals and care homes.

Sadly I had to take early retirement 10 years ago to look after my late Mum and Dad who died within four months of each other. Mum sadly had Alzheimer’s for many years, which is a terrible disease, not only for the person but also family members. I was blessed to have the most wonderful parents who were both so supportive of me throughout my career and were very proud of the fact that I am a nurse.

For years I have wanted to build a facility which would take care to the next level and provide our residents with not only a luxurious facility but one that is also technologically advanced to meet the changing care needs of our society.

It has taken my dear friends Susan McCurry, Peter Marshall and myself many years to get to this point and we are delighted Maryland Healthcare is now fully operational. It is located in a beautiful countryside setting and was designed and finished to an extremely high standard. The five acre grounds provide an enriched environment for residents with sensory and therapeutic gardens, allotments and a livestock meadow, which our residents love. The building has been designed to a very high standard, with 84 large en-suite rooms which are twice the size of standard homes, communal areas for residents, physiotherapy, rehabilitation facilities and leisure rooms.

I wanted to create an environment where quality care was delivered in very comfortable spacious single en-suite rooms supported by a dedicated staff which not only meets care needs today but also those of the future.

This I believe we have achieved in Maryland Healthcare. My only regret is that my Mum and Dad are not here to see it as they would have been so proud.”