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The Royal Alfred
Seafarers' Society


Life at Royal Alfred

The Royal Alfred was established as a charity in 1865 to help retired seafarers and their dependents and has since evolved to offer dedicated care to people living with dementia. In 2018, we welcomed the public and esteemed guests to our annual Open Day. Play the video to see what life is like inside our award-winning care home.

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About us

We have been providing housing, residential and nursing care to former seafarers, their widows and dependants for more than 150 years. Our residential and nursing care home, Belvedere House, together with our sheltered flats, is situated within the idyllic grounds of the Weston Acres Estate, near Banstead, Surrey.

A message from the Chief Executive - Last updated: 2 December 2020

We are very pleased that we have managed to maintain visiting for residents during these difficult times, albeit with restrictions, and we would like to update you now on the very welcome recent news regarding the introduction of rapid testing in care homes. We want to introduce this positive step as soon as possible but not until we are absolutely ready to deliver it properly and safely; we are thus currently digesting the guidance which you can find here and will be putting processes in place to enable us to adhere to it. Once ready, we will inform you quickly so that the benefits can be fully felt. We will continue to treat with compassion, and by exception, those at the end of life.

We have not yet been given a date as to when we will be receiving the tests so the current policy for booking visits remains the same. As soon as we know when we will be receiving the tests we will contact you again. Finally, you may have seen this morning the excellent news regarding forthcoming availability of vaccinations for care home residents and staff. Although our efforts currently will be on implementing the new testing regime, as soon as we have more information on the provision and giving of vaccines we will again let you know.

With these two pieces of welcome news it seems that the tide is genuinely turning against this dreadful virus, but until finally beaten we must stay vigilant and follow closely the Government rules on restrictions for the benefit of residents, relatives and staff alike.

Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt O.B.E.


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This afternoon, our CEO, Commander Boxall-Hunt O.B.E has released a new statement as to how we are dealing with the current Covid 19 situation. Please click the link below to take you to the relevant page on our website.

Please be advised that as of 17th March 2020 we have issued a new, updated statement from our CEO regarding our current approach to tackling the Covid 19 pandemic.

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