Hydrotherapy Provision @ The Haywood Hospital, Burslem, Stoke on Trent

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The hydrotherapy pool at the Haywood Hospital has been closed as a therapy unit for a number of months denying patients its use and despite a plethora of  papers and reports detailing the efficacy of hydrotherapy as a treatment - a treatment for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis and stroke rehabilitation and many, many more.

Leading authorities and organisations who cite hydrotherapy as an effective - and often recommended - treatment include:

NHS Choices - the official website of the NHS itself;

Arthritis Research UK;

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS);

British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR);

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children;

a list of extensive proportions, too long to include in this document.

It is believed that the decision to close the facility at the Haywood Hospital is flawed in that due process including patient and public consultations appear not to have taken place. Additionally, medical evidence, testimonials from clinicians, patients and other hospital and medical bodies can strengthen a case for a hydrotherapy facility at the hospital.

There is an acknowledged shortage of hydrotherapy facilities in the area - an area of some 2,400 square miles and a population in excess of 8 million covered by the MPFT. Removal of the service is particularly disadvantaging sufferers of the illnesses and diseases mentioned above but could also include muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis. Once again, the list can be expanded.

It offers the Haywood Hospital the potential to make its provision more widely available. Available on a commercial basis "for hire". Income to support the costs of the provision must be a viable option.

It is undeniable that the existing facility needs some refurbishment but have any and all attempts to identify sources of funding been made? Have local businesses and relevant charities been approached to ascertain in commercial partnerships could be forged? Or, has a decision already been taken to utilise the site area for other purposes?

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A hydrotherapy pool at the Haywood Hospital in Burslem is a must.

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