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Cygnet Pindar House’s Grand Opening Day

The Cygnet Pindar House team

On Wednesday 12th February 2020 we held our grand opening day for Cygnet Pindar House, our 22-bed neuropsychiatric service in Barnsley for men affected by acquired brain injuries.

The hospital is a modern purpose built facility that has been designed specifically to provide a clinically led evidence based neuropsychiatric pathway for those individuals presenting with behaviours that challenge. The service will provide a safe and secure place to aid recovery as well as offering those diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease, like Huntington’s Disease, a caring and long term placement to support and help manage the progression of their symptoms.

Guests, including the Mayor of Barnsley, were given a tour of Cygnet Pindar House

The event was attended by over 50 guests that included commissioners, legal experts and other specialists in the field of brain injury. Our special guest was Cllr Pauline Markham, the Mayor of Barnsley.

Guests were welcomed with mocktails

Guests were welcomed with a choice of mocktails before being taken on a tour of the new hospital. In the Activities Room guests also had the opportunity to try their hand at ping pong. It turned out that the Mayor of Barnsley was quite a dab hand at it!

The Mayor of Barnsley showing off her table tennis skills

At midday the official opening ceremony was held with short speeches from Fiona Holden, Regional Operations Director and Cllr Markham who then preceded to cut the opening ribbon. Hospital Manager Jackie Ewington was also presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of the hard work her and her team have put into getting the service ready.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony was carried out by the Mayor of Barnsley

“We as a town are extremely lucky to have been blessed with this outstanding 22 bed facility for men. Not only is it special to residents across Barnsley but I’m told that it is very unique in that it’s the only specialist Neuropsychiatric unit across the Yorkshire and Humber region. I would like to personally wish everyone involved and present today the best of luck for the future.”Cllr Pauline Markham, the Mayor of Barnsley

After the ceremony guests were treated to a fine buffet lunch, tours of the hospital and also had the opportunity to have their portraits drawn by David the caricaturist.

David the caricaturist was on hand to draw portraits of our guests

All in all it was a fantastic event. Thank you very much to everyone who attended and especially to all the staff who put in so much work to ensure the day was such a success.

Pending successful registration with the Care Quality Commission the hospital will be opening in the next few weeks. Referrals are now being accepted.

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