NASS cannot help hospitals to get their finances and organisation in order. We can however prove the benefits of hydrotherapy and fight pool closures on a local and national level.
Bedford Hospital has taken the decision to close the hydrotherapy pool on a temporary basis. The closure however is looking more likely to be permanent and Bedford NHS Trust is currently developing a business plan to submit to Bedford CCG to show why the pool should remain CLOSED. We are working closely with the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy in keeping pressure on Bedford Hospital with appearances on local radio and in the newspaper, plus a petition which now has nearly 1,000 signature. We are closely monitoring the council website to see when the pool is going to be next discussed at the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee Meeting.
Charing Cross (Hammersmith)
UPDATE – Dale Webb and Jill Hamiton met with Imperial NHS Trust to discuss the pool on 20 May 2019. Although it looks unlikely that the pool will remain open due to the significant costs in repairing the pool, the trust is now aware that simply closing the pool without offering alternative facilities is not an option and will be sharing with NASS alternatives for those who cannot exercise on land before a final decision on the pool is taken.
Imperial NHS Trust is looking to permanently close the hydrotherapy pool at Charing Cross Hospital despite the fact that there are no other hydrotherapy pools within the Trust, offering no alternative to patients. An online public consultation is currently underway to which NASS has responded.
Please also let us know if you are a patient and would be willing to submit a testimony for NASS to use in our bid to save the pool.