Official unveiling for city mental health centre

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A new £3m building which helps people with learning disabilities and complex mental health conditions in Sheffield has been officially opened.

The centre – Firshill Rise Intensive Support Service – is in Firshill and provides inpatient care and community facilities.

The centre offers a high-tech sensory room, where patients can relax, as well as two self-contained flats and a series of clinical and activity rooms.

Staff have also been brought together from existing teams including psychiatry, nursing, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy, to form a new department, which is called the Intensive Support Service.

The building, run by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, replaces a centre on the grounds of the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Professor Alan Walker, chairman of the health trust, and patient Rex Coldwell, to mark the official opening.

Kevan Taylor, the trust’s chief executive, said he was ‘delighted’ the centre had been unveiled, adding: “This is another opportunity for us to help support some of the more vulnerable people in Sheffield, and I hope users will find this new, modern facility helps to meet their requirements even better.”