Dear all,

I hope you all had a good Christmas and you and your families have stayed safe and well.

Unfortunately, we now have an outbreak of the virus at The Cuttings.

Following the instructions of North Yorkshire County Council and the Infection and Prevention team we are now closed at The Cuttings to all visitors.  The only people permitted to enter are essential care givers/end of life care who are named on the care plan.  Families and friends are not allowed to visit until further notice. 

Residents are permitted to leave the scheme, and if families wish to bring any essential shopping then this can be arranged via reception.

There will be no hairdresser or beautician until further notice.

I am so sorry we are in this situation again but I am sure you will understand that the new Omicron strain is virulent in the community and we will continue to do everything in our power to keep everyone well.

Happy New Year and lets hope it gets better for all of us soon.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Denise McEvoy or myself.

Kind regards

Sue Cawthray



From the 12th of April two designated relative can visit Heath Lodge however this must be booked by ringing the home and the visits will be between 10 am and 4pm and visitors will be asked to do the following:

  1. Arrive 20 minutes before the arranged time and a member of staff will do a lateral flow test in the visitor pod of the home and the visitor will be asked to wait for their result.
  2. When the test is confirmed as negative the visitor will be asked to wash their hands, complete a track and trace form, temperature will be taken and they will be given a fresh mask and apron and escorted to the conservatory where the resident will be waiting.
  3. Visitors will be left to chat for a minimum of 30 minutes and a member of staff will be close by if needed.
  4. When the visit is finished visitors will be escorted to the Visitor Pod as the exit and we ask that PPE is removed and dispose of it in the bin outside the Visitor Pod. Please can you make sure that if you leave and staff are busy taking your relative back into the home the outside door is shut.  If you come into the grounds past the gates please make sure it is double bolted when you leave.

We will still be offering window visits and of course the visitor pods for a maximum of two people provided they are from the same household which is our preferred way of visiting until the residents and tenants and staff have had their second vaccine. 

We are also delighted that we can now welcome up to 2 children who are immediately related to the designated visitor and the resident.  This must also be booked in the normal way and they cannot linger or visit other areas of the home and must stay with the resident and family at all times.

I am sure you will understand that we are still very vulnerable – not everyone has had their second vaccine and we must remain vigilant – if we have one case of coronavirus, we will have to close for 28 days.   I can reassure you that we are continuing with our strict PPE and Covid-19 protocols to ensure we maintain the standards that have got us through the last 12 months.

I want to thank you all for being so patient and working with us for the benefit of everyone at Harrogate Neighbours.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or Denise McEvoy if you need any clarification.


Kind regards

Sue Cawthray



Welcome to Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association!

We are a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status, providing affordable quality care services for elderly people across the Harrogate District and the neighbouring boroughs.

Everyday hundreds of elderly people in Harrogate & the surrounding areas feel lonely and isolated. Our purpose is to help as many of these people as possible to live happy, comfortable lives with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Our services are tailored to individual needs; from simply delivering a freshly prepared hot meal every day, right through to providing round-the-clock care in our residential homes: The Cuttings & Heath Lodge. We have an extremely dedicated team, who provide older people with the care and support they need.

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