Brave patients open new clinic

Official opening of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust at Broad Street Plaza.'Service users Maisie Abell, 13, and Saul Taylor, 12.
Official opening of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust at Broad Street Plaza.'Service users Maisie Abell, 13, and Saul Taylor, 12.
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Two young patients of Calderdale’s speech and language therapy have opened the new health centre at Broad Street Plaza.

Saul Taylor, 12, who was treated by the team for a stammer, and fellow patient Maisie Abell, 13, opened the centre - which replaces the Laura Mitchell Clinic - on Friday.

The youngsters unveiled a plaque at a packed ceremony which included the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Councillor John Hardy and Janet hardy.

Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust’s medical director David Wise thanked the pair for their bravery in performing the opening.

He said: “Saul and Maisie have been helped to develop their confidence through the speech services teams here and they have stepped forward today for us to perform this opening.

“Well done for being brave today and representing all our service users.”

He went on to thank all the staff involved in the move from the ageing Laura Mitchell Health Centre premises and hailed the new centre as an “excellent site”.

“This is really important in terms of taking us forward over the next few years,” he said.

As well as speech and lauguage therapy, the new clinic includes physiotherapy, podiatry, children’s therapy, children and adolescent mental health service (CAMS) and sexual health services.