A MULTI-MILLION pound stroke unit has been opened for the rehabilitation and recovery of Barnsley's stroke patients.

The £2million unit at Kendray Hospital is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and had previously been based at Mount Vernon Hospital.

Each of the unit's 16 bedrooms has overhead hoists to support patients moving around their room, and en-suite bathrooms.

There are two consultation rooms where patients can receive one-on-one support, an extended gym for physiotherapy and an outside decking area, allowing them to take part in gardening therapy.

Mandy Black, unit manager, said: "Many of the patients which come into the unit have a wide range of complex care and rehabilitation needs.

"The unit has its own dedicated rehabilitation teams who have specialist knowledge and training in therapeutic interventions, rehabilitation and treating patients who have suffered a stroke."