A SPECIALIST rehab centre for men with neurological conditions and brain injuries has opened in Barnsley.

Pindar House is the first centre of its kind to be opened in Yorkshire by Cygnet Health Care, a care provider which focuses on helping people return to community living with as much independence as possible.

Mayor of Barnsley Coun Pauline Markham was guest of honour at the opening of the 22-bed centre on Wednesday.

Coun Markham said: “We as a town are extremely lucky to be gifted with such a fantastic facility and I am sure it will be welcomed by many residents across Yorkshire and the Humber.”

Pindar House will work in partnership with NHS and local authority commissioners, as well as the third sector and other key partners, to provide bespoke support to men over 18 affected by acquired brain injuries, progressive neurological conditions such as Huntingdon’s disease and other complex physical impairments.

Manager Jackie Ewington said: “We have a carefully designed rehabilitation model which is formulated to maximise the potential and ability of each service user.

“We will put patients at the heart of their treatment and offer a wide range of activities and therapies to promote independence.

“We’ll be doing lots of activities and our outside space will be used to the maximum to get the men out and about moving, active and engaged.”

Cygnet chief executive Dr Tony Romero said: “We are pleased to be bringing new jobs and investment into the local economy and are committed to working together with the local community.”