Our volunteers will provide a risk assessment form, which must be completed before any use of the pool facilities are carried out for the first time by the member. Our volunteers will ask if we can be of any help or offer aids to assist with your exercise programme. It is a good way to meet new friends, exercise and have fun, not formal in any way. After your session you are advised to sit and rest in the waiting area whilst having a drink. (supplied free of charge)
Telford & Wrekin Arthritis Support Group is affiliated to 'Attend' (formerly National Association of Hospital & Community Friends) and is covered by public libility insurance.
Once your application form and subscription has been received you will be sent the necessary forms for joining the Hydrotherapy sessions. 'Guidelines for users', which contains contact numbers, and a form which must be signed by your Doctor, Physiotherapist or Rheumatologist. You will also need to sign and date this form saying that you have read and understood the guidelines. When completed, contact the Support Group's Hydrotherapy Co-ordinator who will arrange with you a suitable time and session to attend.
We offer hydrotherapy at the Princess Royal Hospital every Thursday evening commencing at 5pm. The cost of each 25 minute session is £2.00,payable 4 weeks in advance on the first Thursday of each month. Only, if due notice is given that you will be unable to attend, such as a Holiday or admission to hospital will this payment be carried forward and your place temporarily filled by someone on the waiting list in your absence . If you are absent for four weeks without notifying the pool co ordinater we will assume that you no longer require your slot and you will be put back onto the waiting list. The revenue raised goes towards the hire of the pool and payment for training of the volunteers. A Physiotherapist attends for two hours twice a month. In general eight persons can be admitted into the pool on each session. However, this does depend on individuals mobility and exercise requirements. Most people find it enjoyable exercising in a group, it gives them confidence and the opportunity to meet new people
The pool is supervised by trained volunteers, who give up their free time in order that anyone who can benefit from hydrotherapy can do so. Volunteers remain in the pool area when group members are present, to supervise or assist where required. They ensure that mopping of surplus water around the pool, steps, showers and cubicles is carried out constantly. The safety of group members getting in and out of the pool is a priority, and volunteers are trained to be aware of any risk factor to individuals based on a risk assessment.
Hydrotherapy is especially helpful for people with disabilities, arthritis or mobility problems. They can exercise while being supported by the buoyancy of the warm water (33-37 degrees centigrade). It is also helpful following joint replacement surgery. The warm water, which is close to body temperature, reduces pain associated with movement and can relax muscle spasm. This in turn can lead to increased movement in joints, and being worked progressively against graded resistance, can strengthen muscles. Direct relief of pain brought by the warmth of the water on the sensory nerve endings in joints is usually temporary. However, the benefit from hydrotherapy increases cardiovascular fitness, promotes relaxation, helps relieve pain, assists movement and enables exercise.
IMPORTANT: Use of the hydrotherapy pool can have the effect of lowering blood pressure and bring about dizziness and fainting, particularly if you already have low blood pressure. If you have any doubts you should consult your medical practitioner.
ACCESS INTO THE POOL:
To get into the pool, there are a few steps to go down; a handrail is at either side to use. For people who cannot manage the steps there is a hoist (body weight limit 20 stone) to lower you into the pool. The pool varies in depth, the lowest being as you enter, to chest height at the far end; there is a chair if you need it inside the pool. A rail is also around the edge of the pool, which can be used, for extra support.
GUIDELINES FOR USERS.
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 exercise 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.
Guidelines for Hydrotherapy Pool updated March 2015