Delicious Christmas menus unveiled

The Chiswick Nursing Centre’s chef, John Wealleans, is planning to pull out all the stops to make this year’s Christmas and New Year’s menus something to really look forward to.

To get the festive celebrations rolling on Christmas Eve, there will be warm mince piesaccompanied by a glass of whisky or Baileys.

The main focus of dining is always at lunchtime at The Chiswick, with lighter suppers served in the evening, so that residents don’t go to bed feeling over full.

Christmas Day is, of course,  the centrepiece and the one that John really looks forward to preparing.

“My favourite is always the traditional Christmas Day lunch of roast turkey with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or ice cream. Every resident really enjoys this.”

Vegetarians will be able to tuck into carrot and cashew nut roast, with all of the trimmings to match. Crackers and party hats will be plentiful as well, and every one of our guests receives a gift.

Boxing Day will see a choice of roast chicken, poached salmon or lentil cake with a delicious baked chocolate and orange cheesecake for dessert.

Tea and treats are served every afternoon but to keep the festive spirit going between Christmas and New Year, there will also be a glass of Port and Stilton afternoon on 28th December.

New Year’s Eve lunch will feature beef cooked in a rich horseradish sauce as the main course or a bean and red wine casserole for non-meat eaters.

With most tucked up in bed before midnight, residents will toast the New Year on 1st January with a glass of sparkling wine. Stilton and broccoli soup will follow and the main course being chicken in a cream and mushroom sauce. Filled peppers is the vegetarian option.

Families and friends are welcome to visit their relatives over the festive period – with full Covid precautions in place, including our fast track resulting test service to ensure the highest levels of safety as we see in The New Year.  John will ensure that a slice of delicious Christmas cake, Yule log or luxury biscuit is available to welcome them.

John concludes: “We really treat residents at Christmas time by creating special dishes that are memorable, festive and taste delicious. 2020 has been a difficult year, so we’ll doing our utmost to make our menus as enjoyable as we possibly can.”

Joy and comfort as families meet again

Our new Covid testing routine, which delivers results in 30 minutes, continues to enable families to be re-united and attract the attention of the British and overseas media.

Reuters news agency was on hand to capture the moments when 84 year-old Bob Underhill was tested and then able to visit his wife, Patricia, without being behind a plastic screen, for the first time in nearly a year. Patricia has Alzheimer’s Disease and moved to the Chiswick Nursing Centre in March, after breaking her hip. Sadly the firsttLockdown then hit, keeping Bob apart from his beloved wife. 

“I’ve only seen her twice since March,” Bob said. “I did come and see her last Friday through the partitions, which is not very pleasant: it is not the same being three metres apart.”

Suitably tested, declared virus-free and both dressed in protective equipment, Bob and Patricia were, at last, able to enjoy a close visit and spend time together.

Also delighted to see each other close up were Theresa Snelling and her daughter, Serena. “It feels great,” said Theresa, who has been with us since February. 

Serena was Theresa’s primary carer before she moved into the Chiswick, so the two are very close “It’s been really challenging not being able to see her. We love each other very much. It feels really good and it feels like a long time coming,” said a smiling Serena after their reunion.

Centre Director, Steve Winter admits that the new testing procedures have meant extra work for staff, who have already endured several long, hard months to protect residents from the virus, but believes the benefits are worth it. “You only have to look at the expressions on the faces of our residents and their loved ones as they are close for the first time in months, to see how much it means to them. It’s been a real boost for everyone’s morale and mental wellbeing, including our hard-working team here.”

Next, we wait, with fingers crossed, for the newly-approved vaccine, with Nursing and Care homes, high up on the priority list for vaccinations.

Coronavirus (COVID 19) – our guidance to service users and families – update

Dear relatives, friends, families:

As many of you will have seen from recent press and news coverage; The Chiswick Nursing Centre recently became the very first Nursing Home in London to access and utilise Lateral Flow Testing (LFT Tests) in the fight to ensure that visits to our Residents can be made as safely as possible.

These tests produce a result within 30 Minutes and we have now extended their use to all visitors to the Nursing Centre.

This also means that we can now facilitate relatives and others to visit those of our residents who are too ill to attend the Ground floor visiting area.

I am afraid that at the present time – and in line with guidance from Public Health Hammersmith and Fulham – we can only:

  • Facilitate 1 named / consistent visitor to each resident
  • Facilitate a maximum of 4 visits per day to our whole resident group – between Mondays and Fridays each week.

Please be assured that I am already in discussion with the Local Authorities to see how and when we can expand and make these areas of visiting more flexible, yet safe.

We are pleased to advise that following support from Public Health Hammersmith and Fulham – we have been able to make additional visit slots available between 18/12/20 and 27/12/20. This includes weekend visits.

Please book slots by contacting our reception as normal and as per our Policy which is shown below.

Click here to read the visiting guide

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Temporary Visiting Policy

Please see the links shown here for the greater details of how those visits can be booked and managed, as well as a copy of our formal Visitor Policy – as required by The Care Quality Commission.

If you have any questions or queries – I am happy to hear from you by email:


Coronavirus (COVID 19) - our guidance to service users and families. We are using this link to keep all service users and families as up to date as possible on this fast developing and rapidly changing situation.Please click here for our latest guidance.