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We have a team of 9 wonderful Kitchen Staff who work tirelessly to meet all dietary requirements for our Residents. Our Kitchen Staff take a genuine interest in our Resident’s needs, ensuring all of our food is homemade, along with being locally and responsibly sourced – view a sample menu here.

Our Kitchen Staff are always happy to help and provide several services for the wider organisation such as birthday cakes, special requests and catering packages for special occasions, training, meetings and in house conferences.

Mandy Paterson
Mandy Paterson


Hello – my name is Mandy Paterson, and I am Head Chef/Catering Manager at QME Care, based in the Kitchen in Murray/Evanthea House, from where we provide lovely food, cakes and bakes, on a daily basis to all our residents in the care of QME.

I started working in Queens House the week before Christmas in 2018, where I was cook to the 30 residents in the care of Queens House. I was made Head Chef when Queens House expanded and Murray House and Evanthea House opened in September 2019, and the 30 residents became 59, resulting in a brand new kitchen… and a brand new Catering Team.

My hobby has become my job, as I was previously employed by Lothian and Borders Police, and latterly Police Scotland from 1984-2014, as a Police Station Assistant, where I enjoyed being the main point of contact to the general public for 30 years.

I take great pride in providing delicious food, alongside a hard-working team, and I am happy for anyone to contact myself at mandypatterson@qmecare.org with any comments/feedback or suggestions.
It’s very important to me that our residents are afforded the best food we can provide…  after all this is their home.

I am no longer “front of house”, as I was in the Police, but I am more than happy for anyone to meet with me should there be any concerns regarding the catering and food at QME Care. I still enjoy a good blether!!

Vacancy – Nurse RGN/RMN

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a experienced Registered Nurses with QME Care based in Queens & Murray House, a specialist purpose built dementia care unit and residential setting in the Kelso, Scottish Borders. We are a value driven, not for profit charity...

Queens House to QME Care Rebranding

The original Queen’s House was established in 1954 with one residential Care Home. In 2001 a new building was developed to replace the old Queen’s House and the organisation increased from providing 20 residential rooms to 32. In 2018 Murray House opened, shortly...

Inside care homes: no end in sight

Have a read of this blog which featured in RCN Magazines: https://www.rcn.org.uk/magazines/bulletin/2020/october/inside-care-homes-no-end-in-sight

Comic Relief Funding

We are pleased to be progressing our Life Stories project which is funded by Comic Relief, capturing biographies through storytelling and art.

Volunteering at QME Care

Befriending and volunteering are such vital roles in our community. Appreciated more than words can express, QME Care is always looking for new volunteers. If this is of interest, please email us at info@qmecare.org for more information.

About us

QME Care provides accommodation in three separate houses: Queen’s House is a modern nursing home, Murray House is for people living with Dementia, and Evanthea House provides care for people with cognitive impairment. Find out more.

QME Care

Tel: 01573 224 886

Email: info@qmecare.org

QME Care, Angraflat Road, Kelso, Scottish Borders, TD5 7NS

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