Hydrotherapy pool re-sited

A new hydrotherapy pool is to be based in Jedburgh to make way for an improved outpatients department at Borders General Hospital.

NHS Borders came under fire when it was revealed that the hydrotherapy pool based at the BGH would be closed to make way for the planned redesign of the outpatients department. An action group was formed to fight for the pool at the hospital to be retained and public opinion was in favour of the hydrotherapy pool being kept open.

However, NHS Borders board have decided that instead of all hydrotherapy treatment being based at the BGH it should be available at a number of sites across the region, making access easier for more people. There would also be a specially designed pool at Jedburgh.

Chairman of NHS Borders, John Raine, said: “The board’s decision paves the way for much improved facilities for patients.

“The outpatients department is the busiest part of Borders General Hospital. It has to cope with 70,000 patient visits a year. Moving the whole department from outdated accommodation on the first floor to purpose designed accommodation on the ground floor will now be possible. This has long been a priority of our clinical staff.

NHS Borders will work with Scottish Borders Sports and Leisure Trust to make public pools more accessible for hydrotherapy patients.

This option was the preferred option arising from extensive participations and engagement involving patients, members of the public and clinical staff.