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Radio 4’s Nicholas Parsons to take Just A Minute to open the Juniper Centre

May 26, 2011

Birmingham’s new national centre for older people’s mental health services in Moseley will be officially opened next week.

Nicholas Parsons, presenter of Radio 4’s Just A Minute panel show will perform the unveiling after meeting staff and patients at the Juniper Centre in Moseley, on Wednesday (June 1).

The £17.7m facility, located on the Moseley Hall site in Alcester Road, is a unique development which sits next to existing physical health services for older adults, provided by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

The opening ceremony will be held in the Juniper Centre’s reception area at 1.20pm, when Nicholas will unveil a commemorative plaque.

Our new 54-bed hospital is a specialist centre which brings together stroke services, rehabilitation and diagnostic facilities for managing physical and mental health services for older people on the same site. 

The multi-million pound investment by our trust into the Juniper Centre is intended to provide the best care and treatment available for older patients in Birmingham and Solihull.

Glynis Markham, director of strategic delivery for older people’s services, said: “This is a unique development because it brings together facilities for managing physical and mental health issues on to the same site, improving patient experience as all the care and expertise they need will be in one place.

“Mental health problems become more common as people get older, and the number of people aged over 90 in England is set to double over the next 30 years, so facilities like the Juniper centre have been designed with this in mind.”

The Juniper Centre has been designed and built with the care of older adults in mind, including therapy rooms, large and airy single en-suite rooms, as well as an internal courtyard gardens and planting of new trees and shrubs around the site.

Sue Turner, chief executive of our trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we’re celebrating the official opening on the Juniper Centre with so many of the people who’ve been involved in this project.  Staff, service users, carers and the local community have all worked together in partnership during its development.

“The Juniper Centre takes provision of older people’s mental health services into the 21st century, offering the best possible care to patients and support to their carers and families.”