A £9 MILLION expansion of a Gullane nursing home has been officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian.

Muirfield Nursing Home, on the village’s Hall Crescent, has undergone substantial changes, with the creation of 60 high-specification en-suite rooms designed to provide residents with a quality care experience.

Major Michael Williams attended the opening last Tuesday alongside Muirfield’s manager Heather Franklin, Randolph Hill group’s managing director Peter McCormick, and director of nursing Ingrid Neville, before unveiling a plaque in recognition of the significant redevelopment of the site.

Mr McCormick said: “We’re pleased to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to officially open our redeveloped Muirfield nursing home.

“Our investment has transformed the site and we now provide a premium quality care experience for our residents with first-rate facilities and rooms which are much larger compared to typical nursing home standards.

“This redevelopment project has also been beneficial to the East Lothian economy, securing the long-term employment for our 50 existing staff members and creating an additional 30 new jobs on the site.”

Randolph Hill provides residential nursing care for more than 350 residents and employs more than 500 members of staff at sites across the country, including North Berwick’s Fidra House.

The company initially acquired Muirfield in 2008 with the aim of re-developing it to bring it up to the standard of their other sites.

Work on the project began in 2015, with the demolition of the neighbouring Bissets Hotel, to enable the extension of the existing Muirfield nursing home site.

Ms Neville said: “Our residents’ care and wellbeing was at the heart of this redevelopment and we’re delighted with the success of the project.

“Muirfield is focused on person-centred care tailored around what an individual can do rather than what they can’t.

“This enables our residents to maintain independence, which promotes wellbeing.”