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Save our hydrotherapy pool at Whipps Cross Hospital

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In July 2017 Whipps Cross Hospital & Barts Health decided to close a much needed hydrotherapy pool without notice or consultation. Members of NASS Wanstead formed The SOS action group to stop this closure and we hope we can inspire others to fight too. We are campaigning not only for us but for everyone that should have had access to this pool as treatment.

NASS of Wanstead is a self help group who suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis. This is an inflammatory condition that effects the joints in the spine and pelvis and into the neck and eventually causes the joints to fuse together. This condition also effects other joints, tendons and eyes and causes very severe pain and stiffness in the body. There is no cure for this condition only medication to ease the pain and a combination of exercise and Hydrotherapy to relieve the pain and stiffness. In July Barts Health and Whipps Cross Hospital decided to close this pool without consultation. 

Exercise and Hydrotherapy play an important role in easing the pain and stiffness that we suffer and we need this combination to help our condition. Whipps Cross closed the Hydrotherapy pool and exercise on its own is not working. This has meant many of us suffering considerable pain and having more Physiotherapy treatment and medication so more pressure on the NHS and more taxpayers money. 

If the Hydrotherapy pool is reinstated then our stiffness in our bodies and the pain will lessen and will give us a better quality of life and enables many of us to keep working. 

We are suffering and desperate for the Hydrotherapy pool to be reinstated not just for our sakes but also for all those who should have been referred as patients, for other groups like ours that should have been able to use these facilities. 

We have tried all ways of getting Whipps Cross to change their minds but they will not reconsider. So as a final effort we are asking you to please help us by supporting this petition. We feel that if we get enough support with this petition we will be able to get the hospital to change their minds.
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Hydrotherapy pool closure at Whipps Cross Hospital could have 'frightening' effect on Ankylosing Spondylitis patients' health


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