The pool is run, at times agreed with the hospital, and is staffed purely by trained volunteers, who give up their free time in order that anyone who can benefit from hydrotherapy can do so. They keep the areas around the pool, changing rooms and shower area dry, and the pool is monitored at all times in case someone should get into difficulties.The pool is designed for excercise not swimming.

Anyone who is suffering any of the following should NOT use the pool:
Has been unwell on the day.
Has a fever.
A heart or blood pressure problem.
Acute chest conditions.
Urinary infection or cystitis.

The Arthritis Support Group has four sessions lasting 25 minutes each, on a Thursday, commencing at 5.00 pm.

Booking for a session must be made with the Support group's Hydrotherapy Co-ordinator,(initially using the contact form on the Contact Us page in the tabs above), who keeps a register of users. If the list is full, new members are put on a waiting list until a place becomes available. Anyone on the waiting list allocated a session because someone is on holiday or likely to be away for some time, will only have a temporary booking. Permanent placements will be made when vacancies occur.

The Support Group recommended guidelines state that when members are using the pool they should have access to a Physiotherapist, who will advise them on the best exercise for their condition. The Support Group pays for this service. The physiotherapist is present for 2 hours alternate weeks.

The safety rules state that only 8 people are allowed in the pool at any one time. If the physiotherapist attends a session, then only 7 places are available, as in order to give the help and instruction, she needs to be in the pool.

All pool users should be at the pool 10 minutes before their allocated time. This allows 10 minutes for changing, and means that when the next session is ready to start, the changing rooms are free for those leaving the pool.

As much notice, as possible, should be given if a person with a booking is unable to attend.

In order to keep the shower area as safe as possible, please bring TWO towels with you. One to dry with, and one to stand on. This will help soak up any surplus water whilst you are changing, and help leave the changing area dry for the next person.

Guideslines for Hydrotherapy Pool updated March 2015

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