Last updated: 8th August 2017


Activities: Gym and Hydrotherapy

Day: Gym sessions on alternate Thursdays 1pm - 2pm and 6.45pm - 7.30pm

Venues: Gym: The Countess Of Chester Health Park, Chester, Cheshire CH2 1UL


Currently to attend the branch you do need to attend the rheumatology department at either the Countess of Chester or Ellesmere Port Hospital.

Mr John Tsang, 0151 327 7936

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Who we are

We're a fun and friendly group who have been meeting for many years. We welcome new members on board. Currently to attend the branch you do need to attend the rheumatology department at either the Countess of Chester or Ellesmere Port Hospital.

Take a look at our Facebook page to see what are group are up to.

What we do

We do a mixture of hydrotherapy and gym exercise led by a physiotherapist with a specialist interest in AS.


2017 - 2018 Diary

You can download a full list of dates that the branch will be meeting here.

Help NASS Chester to fundraise

For more information on how you could help NASS Chester raise money to cover their running costs and purchase new equipment, download their fundraising letter.

NASS charity celebrates 25 years in Chester -  November 2012

The landmark Chester event, organised by Chester NASS Committee members, Ray Parry and John Tsang was a celebration of the branch’s 25 years of success in supporting hundred’s of patients in the Chester area since its establishment in 1987, through its regular hydrotherapy and physiotherapy group meetings, as well as fundraising and social events. 

Involved with the Chester NASS Group since day one, Wendy Chaloner, Rheumatology Physiotherapist at the Countess of Chester Hospital, said: “We have been fortunate in having a loyal committee here in Chester. Together with fellow NASS colleagues, John Tsang, retiring Chairman Eric McDonough, Treasurer Norman Coleclough and David Nickless, we have clocked up 116 years of service to the Group! Our members are highly motivated and the Group benefits greatly from the fortnightly hydrotherapy sessions and alternate week physiotherapy exercise sessions, which support AS patients, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.”

John Tsang from the Chester NASS Group, added: “We are extremely proud to have reached this 25 year milestone. With AS it’s so important to exercise regularly and I urge anyone with AS in the region to get in touch and join the Group. We also need members in order to keep the Group going, as if numbers slip, part of our funding from the NHS may diminish. We now look forward to the next 25 years!” 

The celebratory evening was enjoyed by all with raffles, prizes and a number of speeches from special guests, including the UK Director for NASS, Debbie Cook, who said: 

“Our Chester branch is one of NASS’s longest serving groups and I am delighted to be here on this momentous occasion. The support branches such as Chester provide for people suffering from AS is incredible and from the many members I have spoken to since joining NASS, I know how important it is not just from the exercise point of view but from the emotional side as well. It’s an exciting time for the charity, as one of its other major goals is to seek a cure for AS and the recent development of anti-TNF drugs has been a huge step forward in the treatment of this severe disease.”