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You may be referred into hydrotherapy by your NHS physiotherapist, to see your NHS physiotherapist you will need a referral from your GP, consultant or via NHS staff self referral scheme from occupational health.

Our team comprises of 3 chartered physiotherapists and 2 physiotherapy technicians.  There are two members of staff present at all times. You can expect your hydrotherapy treatment to be directed from either the poolside or from a physiotherapist in the water with you.  Appointments can consist of group classes of maximum 4 people, shared treatment sessions of maximum 2 people.

Private sessions in the pool are available and include a full assessment, please contact the Cornelia suite for more details.

Hydrotherapy pool

Hydrotherapy is accepted as an integral part of rehabilitation. Common benefits include:

  • Ease of movement  and pain relief
  • Reduction of muscle tone / spasm
  • Reduction of swelling
  • Resistance to movement
  • Enhanced relaxation
  • Enhanced well-being
  • Functional activity re-activation
  • Enhanced cardio-vascular fitness

Hydrotherapy is the combination of the effects of immersion and exercise and therefore further benefits are those associated with general exercise.

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This is achieved through the utilisation of the properties of water eg. (warmth and buoyancy). For example, enhanced physical and mental well-being. Our pool temperature is maintained between 35-36°C and the quality of the water is checked and maintained daily by our estates department. The pool has two levels and is deep enough to stand and walk around in. Access to the pool is via easy steps with handrails for support but there is also a full body hoist which has a maximum weight limit of 25 stone. 

There are full changing and showering facilities available. There is non-slip matting in the shower area. Disabled facilities are also available.  You will be required to wear your own swimming costume and we encourage you to bring your own towel and shower gel etc. 

You will be required to have a short shower before and after your hydrotherapy session in order to remove any creams, lotions and chlorine from your skin.

Outdoor footwear is not permitted to be worn on the surrounding poolside area but you may wear clean non-slip shoes for the transition from changing area to poolside. There is also a handrail in this area for further support. 

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  • You are feeling unwell
  • If you have a high temperature or infection
  • If you have any new open wounds or scar sites
  • If your medical history has changed recently
  • If you have changed or started new medications
  • If you have experienced any gastric upset within the last 24 hours

If you usually carry a GTN spray, an inhaler for a respiratory problem please ensure that you bring these with you .  If you are a diabetic, please bring your glucose testing kit with you to check your blood sugars prior to entering the pool.

Benefits of hydrotherapy

  • To increase muscle strength
  • To increase range of movement at a joint
  • Early rehabiliation of weight bearing or gait retraining
  • When patients are unable to complete land-based exercises
  • To reduce pain
  • To improve core stability

Absolute contraindications to hydrotherapy

  • Uncontrolled cardiac failure
  • Resting angina
  • Short of breath at rest
  • Medically unstable following an acute episode e.g. CVA, DVT, PE
  • Acute vomiting and/or diarrhea

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Opening times: Monday - Friday 8.10am-4.30pm

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