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Muswell Hill mental health unit celebrate 50th birthday

PUBLISHED: 14:12 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 19 July 2018

Simmons House adolescent mental health unit celebrated its 50th birthday. Picture: Dr Simon Lewis

Simmons House adolescent mental health unit celebrated its 50th birthday. Picture: Dr Simon Lewis

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Muswell Hill’s Simmons House Mental Health Unit for young people celebrated its 50th birthday this week.

Bunting at Simmons House's 50th birthday party. Picture: Simon LewisBunting at Simmons House's 50th birthday party. Picture: Simon Lewis

Patients and staff past and present attended a garden party complete with a live band.

At the event Dr Simon Lewis, the clinical lead at Simmons House said: “Even when a young person is at their lowest and most distressed, very often our amazing nurses will find a way to distract, laugh and support that adolescent.”

Dr Lewis used the opportunity to celebrate the NHS for enabling Simmons House to continue its work into a second half-century and added: “We will also work hard to stay fiercely committed to providing the best care and treatment for young people in the context of human processes and relationships.”

The unit was opened in 1968 to offer patients short and long-term mental health treatment, for under-18s.

The current building was opened in 2009 and specially designed for the demands of modern mental health care.

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