Greenock Medical Aid Society

At the Forefront of Quality Care for Older People




Greenock Medical Aid Society was founded in 1798 and is a voluntary organisation providing care for older people. As a registered charity we provide two care homes in Greenock with full nursing support at Bagatelle and Glenfield. The same high quality of care and standard of living is offered in each Home.  In partnership with River Clyde Homes we also operate a sheltered housing complex at Bagatelle Court.


resident in greenock medical aid society gardens

Bagatelle and Glenfield provide:

  • Permanent residential nursing care and support for older people
  • Palliative and End of Life care and support
  • Weekly Activities Programme for Residents (family and friends are welcome to attend)
  • Attractively decorated bedrooms with a full range of ancillary equipment
  • Tastefully furnished lounges on each floor
  • Dining rooms supported by kitchens offering a choice of menu
  • Lifts to all floors
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Daily Laundry service
  • Relaxation room
  • Library
  • Safe and attractive landscaped private gardens
bagatelle court tenants in front garden

Bagatelle Court provides:

  • High amenity self-contained flats
  • Each flat has lounge, fully equipped kitchen, 1 or 2 bedrooms, bathroom with specialised equipment, central heating
  • Emergency call system
  • Conservatory
  • Beautifully landscaped private gardens
  • Secure entry




47 Eldon Street
PA16 7RA

Telephone: 01475 729424
Fax: 01475 731561


1 Bedford Street
PA16 8PG

Telephone: 01475 721028
Fax: 01475 731592

Maps and Directions

Bagatelle Care Home and Bagatelle Court

Glenfield Care Home



Travelling by Public Transport

Frequent buses operated by McGills stop outside Bagatelle and Glenfield with a bus stop conveniently located for travel in either direction. For details of the timetable for these buses please click on the link.




Greenock Medical Aid Society, as it exists today, was constituted through a merger of two organisations with similar objectives in the field of charitable work. The Destitute Sick Society was established in 1798 and in 1917 it merged with the Greenock Medical Aid Society founded in 1876, assuming the latter's title.

Glenfield was purchased in 1926 to replace a smaller home providing residential and nursing care. Since then it has been upgraded and extended on a number of occasions. The current capacity of Glenfield is 36 residents.

Bagatelle was purchased in 1989 and after major renovation was opened in 1990 providing nursing care for 32 residents. With the latest extension, which opened in late 2004, and internal changes the capacity of Bagatelle is 41.

In 1997, through an agreement with Inverclyde Council, Bagatelle Court was built to provide 28 high amenity flats for the elderly. Bagatelle Court is operated by Greenock Medical Aid Society in partnership with River Clyde Homes.

There is no discrimination on admission to either Home by reason of religion or financial position. Applications for admission are considered from anyone resident in the west of Scotland or from others who have or have had a connection with this geographical area. Most of the rooms are occupied on a permanent basis, but, when the situation permits, respite care for elderly relatives is offered to families who, for most of the year, look after a housebound relative.

Management of the affairs of the Society is in the hands of an Executive Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Chairman of the Society is Mr Archie Livingstone.

The management of the Society is the responsibility of the Chief Executive, Mrs Andrea Wyllie, who oversees and co-ordinates the work and strategic development of the Society. She is assisted by the Director of Finance, Mr T G Neill CA CTA, who has delegated responsibility for the financial affairs of the Society.

Two Home Managers, Ms Alison Shaw RGN, Home Manager for Bagatelle and Mrs Carol Chiverton RMN, Home Manager for Glenfield, are responsible for the personal and nursing care of the residents, therapy services, nutrition and housekeeping at each Home.

Fully qualified nursing staff are on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. In addition there are Care staff, Catering staff, Laundry and Housekeeping staff and an Administration office.

In all the Society employs over 125 staff at Glenfield and Bagatelle to provide full time cover for the residents of both Homes.

At Bagatelle Court Agnes Little, the Bagatelle Court Manager is on duty from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Out of these hours support is provided by Bield Response 24. Where required the Social Work Department of Inverclyde Council provides a wide range of support services.


Patron of the Society is The Hon. Mrs Christopher Chetwode The Society is a registered charity (registered charity number SC004538) and as such is a non-profit making organisation. An Executive Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting and has the responsibility for developing policies, setting a budget, appointing a Senior Management Team and monitoring performance.

The Society has a constitution which is controlled by its Life Members who meet each year at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the Executive Committee are appointed as Conveners who have oversight of specific areas of responsibility. In addition to the Chairman and Vice Chairman, the Executive Committee is composed of House Conveners, Care Convener, Finance Convener, Estates Conveners, PR & Fundraising Convener, Chaplain and Secretary. All are volunteers who give freely of their time and talents. Also on the Executive Committee are the Society's Chief Executive and the Director of Finance who act as assessors. The members of the Executive Committee of the Society are:

Archie Livingstone

Finance Convener
David Whyte

Vice Chairman

Hon. Secretary
William Tomlinson

Rev Owen Derrick

Joint Care Conveners
Janet Campbell
Dr Ruth Ward

Bagatelle House Committee Convener
Ann Thomson

Glenfield House Committee Convener
Mary McNeil

Bagatelle Court Convener
Rena Robinson

PR & Fundraising & Therapy Convenor

Estates Convener
David Turnbull

Estates Convener
Jim Adamson

Chief Executive
Andrea Wyllie

Director of Finance
TG Neill

Each Home has a House Committee of 15 members who welcome new residents, visit residents in Hospital, organise social activities and act, when requested, as advocates for residents who desire assistance.


  • To provide a high standard of care and an improved quality of life for each resident.
  • To promote independence as far as possible and to give support as, and when, it is required.
  • To encourage hobbies and outside interests for those who do not have full independence supported by activities arranged with the Diversional Therapists.
  • To ensure each resident is treated as an individual with dignity and respect at all times.
  • To encourage the active involvement of family and friends and to give encouragement and support where it is needed.
  • To help every resident maintain a positive attitude to the future and, in doing so, enhance the quality of his/her life.

Our Aims and Objectives

'Moderate comfort and attendance' may have been the initial aim when the Society was established. The standards now provided are highly rated; a fact stated publicly by residents, their family and friends and by external inspection.

The Executive Committee of the Society has set out its four principal objectives in the form of a Mission Statement which reads as follows:

"The Executive Committee shall ensure that the quality of life enjoyed by residents is of the highest achievable standard and that the holistic care provided embraces premier levels of nursing attention and encourages and develops their spiritual, intellectual and creative needs.

No applicant shall be debarred from consideration for admission to either Home on grounds of religion, background or availability of financial resources.

The Executive Committee accepts the need for public accountability and strict adherence to nationally acceptable systems of supervision of the charitable funds under their aegis.

A duty of the Executive Committee and all other volunteers is to support and monitor the work of the Senior Management Team and the staff".

The Society supports the National Care Standards (Care Homes for Older People) as set out by the Scottish Government and inspected by the Care Inspectorate.

Safeguarding of Residents

The Society has a number of Policies designed to safeguard residents from any type of abuse. These policies are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure they meet with current best practice in safeguarding procedures and observe any changes in legislation.

At the Forefront of Quality Care for Older People

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