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Hydrotherapy or even local pools to our area

pamr Member Posts: 6 Connected
my daughter desperately needs to access a hydrotherapy pool or even a local pool with changing facilities,i,e, hoisting and adult size changing table.   it would be good if it were NHS or we would consider private.   We live in the borders of london and kent.
if any of you know of somewhere we could take her for this facility, we would be so very grateful.  many thanks. x


  • steve51
    steve51 Member Posts: 7,153 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @pamr

    Good Morning & Welcome to our online community/family.

    I am one of a team of Community Champion’s here at Scope.

    Here’s some info from within a site below for you.


    Please please let me know if there’s anything else that I can help/support you with?????


  • newborn
    newborn Member Posts: 747 Pioneering
    This was a topic we ,campaigned over for years.  Our argument is that the word 'exercise ' makes health and public service providers have a non thinking knee jerk response of Tell Them To Go For A Brisk Daily  Walk,  followed with Fund More Sports Fields so schoolboys play football, and if really pressed, they propose More Funding for Olympics Teams, as an example  to the foolish population that Taking up Sport is enjoyable. 

    In the rare moments, if ever,  they think about the existence  of disability , they assume it is "something the n.h.s. deals with".

    -(See the leaflet, where the daily exercise every human body needs, can be sorted by 5 or 6 half hour sessions. Which would be an excellent lifelong health maintenance plan,  but  only provided you are planning  to live 5 or 6 days! !!)

    We suggest reversing the  assumption.  The priority for exercise is those in greatest need, not those with greatest  greed.  Ignore elite sports, ignore football, ignore perfectly  fit healthy strong young able bodied people.   What exercise is provided for the most needy?   Presumably those confined to their beds or houses are getting daily visits and/or online Skype supervised exercise sessions with a specialist  exercise therapist, monitored by regular checks from a dedicated physiotherapist?   

     After that is amply funded, there are, of course, hydrotherapy  and UNfit centres, where anyone who could attend a commercial  gym is banned, because  these are specialist staffed and specialist  equipped places where, of course, n.h.s. ensures both daily transport and staff supervision?   These are generously provided so nobody needs go without daily exercise.     Any crumbs of funding and grants can go to those who need other forms of assistance such as transport and supportive company, to go to walk or wheel in natural wildlife.  For the great numbers of people whose problems include obesity or alcohol, a calories and alcohol units tax will be set at the level needed to reimburse the n.h.s for one to one assistance  with diet and exercise.  That isn't logically  more ridiculous  than what happens  now, where selling people ways to be obese is good for g.d.p., so is selling annual gym membership to people who never attend, but nobody in power thinks of, or  funds disabled people,  of old people,  or of carers.

  • newborn
    newborn Member Posts: 747 Pioneering
    Mike Hughes you are right, racism has not been completely eradicated,  nor has misogyny , but glaringly, the most harm to people's  lives comes from  Disablist and Ageist  discrimination , which is so widespread ,  normalised, institutionalised,  and universally  practiced that it is  invisible,  accepted by the public, never noticed, never protested  about, never rioted about, just taken  for granted and perpetuated. 

    That is why Sir Trevor  spoke up. He was in a position to state that  racism is not the worst discrimination,  in its effect on people's lives.  He was willing to suggest that racism is not the only discrimination which merits any attention, and should  not be regarded as more equal  than others, no matter how loud the clamour. He had noticed that amid all the noise,nobody at all  bothered to battle Disablism.   

    We can't  assume we know better than him, and that he shouldn't be permitted to say anything is worse than racism.  He was  chair of Equalities at the time, and he himself is  very dark skinned, being of African heritage .   
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,178 Scope online community team

    Hydrotherapy sessions are available on the NHS, and most hospitals have access to hydrotherapy pools. Any member of the healthcare team should be able to refer you to an NHS physiotherapist if they think you might benefit from hydrotherapy. In some parts of the UK, you can also refer yourself to a physiotherapist, who’ll assess whether hydrotherapy would be suitable for you. Check with your GP or call your local rheumatology department to find out if an NHS physiotherapist in your area will accept self-referrals.

    You can also choose to use private healthcare, but it’s important to be aware that in rare instances private hydrotherapy may be unregulated, and so the quality of the changing areas, the water or general environment can vary enormously. Check before your treatment starts that you’re happy with the facility. A qualified physiotherapist will be registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC), and it’s recommended that you see someone who’s a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and who’s accredited by the Aquatic Therapy of Chartered Physiotherapists (ATACP).

    I hope that helps?

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