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Co Armagh nursing home to close after 42 years due to difficulties recruiting staff

Marie Louise McConville

THE owners of a Co Armagh nursing home have announced it is to close within the next 28 days due to difficulties recruiting staff.

A statement released last night on behalf of the owners of Rathowen Care Home in Tandragee - which has been operating as a nursing home for 42 years - said it was announcing the closure with "deep regret".

"Management have informed staff, patients and relatives of the decision throughout the day, explaining that the closure is due to ongoing difficulties in recruiting and retaining the skilled and experienced nursing staff required to run the home.

"The voluntary closure of the privately-owned home will affect 16 patients and 30 staff.

"The owners Mr and Mrs Watt will be retiring once the last patient has been placed in alternative accommodation".

The statement added: "Management will work to ensure that patients, relatives and staff are kept informed throughout the closure transition, and in consultation with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, ensure the transition is carried out with the highest concern for patient care".

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