Threatened withdrawal of hydrotherapy pool

Managers at NHS Borders are being asked to reconsider plans to close the hydrotherapy pool at Borders General Hospital.

MSP Christine Grahame was contacted by a number of constituents following the revelation that the pool would closed by the end of the year.

"I was contacted by a senior health professional this week who told me that senior physiotherapists had resigned but the Chief Executive of NHS Borders assures me this is not the case.

"If it had been true it would be an unacceptable position to put members of staff in.

"The health board has suggested that people who currently use the facility, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis, stroke patients and those with cancer, could use their local swimming pool as an alternative but this is simply not an option for most people."

– Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame

Ms Grahame said she was contacted by several patients, one of who was very upset at the prospect of the unit closing as it had been a vital part of her treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

"To expect people with this crippling disorder, not to mention those recovering from stroke, to attend a local swimming pool where conditions will be far from ideal, is simply outrageous.

"I believe there will also be an oncology unit built on site so surely a hydrotherapy pool would be an asset, if not a necessity, for such patients' recovery.

"I await a response form NHS Borders on this matter, which is affecting hundreds of people in my constituency alone, let alone the rest of the region."

– Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame