Save Our Pools

Exercise is the most important thing that anyone with axial SpA (AS) can do to self manage. However not everyone is able to do so; this is why hydrotherapy is so important - and why we are campaigning to Save Our Pools

We have been saddened in recent times to learn of so many hydrotherapy pools around the country under threat, being closed temporarily and in some cases closed permanently. As such, NASS is working in partnership with AStretch to kickstart a campaign to Save Our Pools. We are working on involving more organisations including the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy, other charities representing people using the pools, and service users themselves of course.

Hydrotherapy is too often seen as a luxury and is targeted by the NHS to save money. However NASS believes that hydrotherapy is a vital form of treatment, allowing people who are in flare or with more severe axial SpA to exercise. There is a lack of research into this; however we maintain that a lack of research does not mean there is no benefit.

Read the research published in AS News in Autumn 2018 which was conducted by Claire Jeffries and Melanie Martin of AStretch about Save Our Pools.

The closure of the pool at Stoke-on-Trent’s Haywood Hospital is mentioned in this opinion piece by former Stoke-on-Trent North MP Joan Walley.


Current campaigns


UPDATE – 2 July 2019: Bedford CCG is proposing a consultation with patients and physiotherapists at the hospital which will be discussed at the upcoming Bedford Council Health Overview Scrutiny Committee meeting on 8 July 2019 which NASS will attend.

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.

Please sign our petition, and share it via social media

Charing Cross (Hammersmith)

UPDATE 2 July 2019 – The Trust has been in touch and as well as looking for alternative facilities, they are also attempting to source funding to repair the pool to modern standards.

UPDATE 21 May 2019 – 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.

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