Hi, my name is Sara and I am the Home Manager at Chestnut House Nursing Home. I started my career with the Queen Alexandra’s Naval Nursing Service at Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, where I completed my student nursing to become a qualified nurse.
My first role as a newly qualified nurse was In the British Military Hong Kong, and I was the first ever civilian Nurse to work in the hospital, pioneering the way for all the future civilian nurses.
My venture into the elderly care sector began when my first daughter was born and found working nights fitted well with family life and have remained in this sector ever since.
Throughout my diverse nursing career working in many countries of the world, I have gained knowledge and experience which I now bring with me to Chestnut House.
I started nursing in 1990, specialising in elderly care. I have been fortunate that I have gained a wealth of experience in large teaching hospitals, small community hospitals and in the community/ GP surgeries. I started my experience in the care home setting in 2018 and have previously worked as Clinical Lead before joining Chestnut House as Deputy Manager. I love my job as I learn something new from the residents every day.
I am passionate about nursing home care being person centred and enjoy teaching and guiding staff to achieve this.
Out of my work role I enjoy walking my two dogs, gardening and DIY. I am also very interested on genealogy and have managed to trace my family tree back to William The Conqueror!
I served 22 years in the military, Army, (Tanks) 21 years at The Tank Museum, Bovington (workshop foreman) and an pleased to assist in the maintenance, repair and health and safety at Chestnut House. I enjoy the job diversity, and meeting the residents and their families.
In my own time I enjoy football, motorsport, classic cars and, of course, spending time with my family.
is my reward.