The Junipers, our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Exeter, celebrated its first anniversary on Tuesday. To mark this milestone, the team arranged a number of activities including; a cooked breakfast on the ward, a buffet lunch, some physical activities for patients and staff, and a game of bingo to round off the evening.
Julie Dent, Chair, cut the birthday cake to much applause and Keri Gilchrist, Ward Manager, gave a great speech to all who had gathered in the communal areas. After tea and cake, Jez Brown, Chaplain Team Leader, led a thought-provoking period of reflection and offered staff the opportunity to sit and contemplate in stillness, if only for a few minutes.
The Junipers is a state of the art, 10 bed unit for both men and women and serves the population of Devon. Prior to the Junipers, patients with complex and severe mental health concerns were sent out of county to receive specialist treatment. The Junipers, based on the grounds at Wonford house, allows patients to remain close to family and friends which is a crucial element in their recovery journey.
Patients can be on the ward from two weeks to five months depending on the treatment they need. They are looked after by a clinical team of 35 members of staff who work in challenging, but often rewarding, conditions.
We wish all the patients and staff at The Junipers a happy anniversary and wish them another year of positivity and success.