Milton Keynes Hospital is making waves with its newly refurbished hydrotherapy pool for physiotherapy patients.
The pool, which is heated to 35-36 degrees Celsius, is used by many of the hospital’s patients for rehabilitation following treatment. The refurbishment has included new ultra-insulated skylights and improved changing facilities to allow patients more comfort.
Hospital Chairman, Baroness Margaret Wall celebrated the £155,000 refurbishment by cutting a ribbon at the poolside, joined by staff and pool users.
Each year specialist physiotherapists use the pool for over 1000 adult appointments and 350 paediatric appointments
“This pool is used by a wide range of patients, from little ones to older people who benefit from exercise in warm water to improve their mobility,” she said.
“It is wonderful to be able to invest in a service like this for the people of Milton Keynes.”
As well as hospital patients, the pool is also used by physiotherapists caring for adult learning disabled patients from Central North West London (CNWL) Trust and for hospital patients who wish to continue self-help hydrotherapy.
Two children’s swimming groups, Swimkidz and Little Turtle, rent it to allow babies as young as six weeks old to acclimatise to water play.
Scott Peasland from Little Turtle, said: “This pool is ideal as it is quite small and lovely and warm for babies and pre-school children. It offers a safe, quiet and private area for very young children to gain confidence in water.”