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.