Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps cut the ribbon to officially open the new Oakview Lodge Care Home in Welwyn Garden City.

The care home, owned and operated by Country Court Care, is a luxury residential and dementia care provider located on the site of the old QEII Hospital.

The opening ceremony was attended by Welwyn Hatfield Deputy Mayor Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon and Country Court Care Chief Executive Abdul Kachra. Grant was given full tour of the facility, which includes a hair salon, a tea room, a relaxation spa, a pub (called the Hatfield Arms), a cinema room, a family room and numerous lounges/communal areas.

Grant said: “This is really a fantastic addition to our community in Welwyn Hatfield. We are going to need a lot more care over the next few years. By 2025, there will be a million people with dementia in this country. It is very important we have this quality of care.”

Managing Director Alykhan Kachra said: “It was our absolute pleasure to host Grant at the opening of Oakview Lodge. To be given the opportunity to show Grant how the Country Court Care Group are trying to shape the care industry through the provision of family led care was a real privilege. We look forward to welcoming Grant back again in the future, once Oakview Lodge has had a chance to embed itself into the local community.”