RESIDENTS and staff at a Whitchurch care home will start the new year with a new manager.

Greenfields, in Liverpool Road has appointed Jonathan Cook as the new general manager.

The home is run by Shropshire's largest independent care provider Coverage Care Services Ltd and looks after elderly residents from the community and beyond.

Speaking about his new appointment Mr Cook, who has worked in the care sector for nine years, said he was delighted to be working with such a committed and professional team of carers and support staff.

"From the moment I walked into Greenfields, I knew it was a really special place," said Mr Cook. "You can just feel it.

"The whole team is brilliant, extremely friendly and they give 100 per cent to the residents."

The 75-bed home provides nursing and residential care for older people and Mr Cook is responsible for leading a team of 90 members of staff.

He added: "The home already has a fantastic relationship with local community groups and healthcare providers in the area and I want to build on this.

"In the future, when everything settles down with the Covid-19 pandemic, I will also be building stronger relationships with local emergency services personnel.

"I'd love for off duty ambulance drivers and police officers to feel they could stop by and have a cup of tea with residents and of course when we get back to having events, it will be wonderful to welcome members of the community along."

Meanwhile, Woodcroft Care Home in Market Drayton, is also under new management, in the form of Sarah Parker.

Coverage Care Services chief executive David Coull welcomed the two managers saying: “Both Jonathan and Sarah have a solid track record working within the care sector and they have settled quickly into their new roles during a particularly challenging time.

"They are committed to delivering the highest quality of care possible to residents and we wish them every success.”