A new hydrotherapy pool's been opened in Sheffield that will treat hundreds of young patients from the city's Children's Hospital. £200,000 has been spent replacing an outdated pool that was built 50 years ago at the Ryegate Children's Centre in Broomhill. James Webster's been to take a look.
One of the physiotherapy team at Ryegate Children's Centre says the new swimming pool there is already having a big impact on the treatment they can offer. Fiona Price has been taking young patients into the brightly lit water for the first time and says it is great to see them moving freely.
Paralympic swimming champion Oliver Hynd from Kirkby in Ashfield cut the ribbon to declare the new pool at Ryegate Children's Centre open. His muscular dystrophy was treated at Sheffield Children's Hospital when he was younger and he says he can see the difference it will make to young patients.
The mother of a young boy being treated for a range of complex physical difficulties says the new hydrotherapy pool at Ryegate Children's Centre is ideal for his treatment. Three year old Max Orbell's symptoms have slowed down his development. His mum Alison has been watching his first session:
A photo diary shows work that has been carried out to replace the old and outdated pool at Ryegate Children's Centre that was built in the 1970s. Patients, even those with mobility problems, had to climb steps to get into the water.
Diggers moved in last year to demolish the old pool after funding and labour was donated by Henry Boot Construction and Dransfield Properties.
Once the old pool had been removed work could start on creating the new modern facility which has now been opened.
A new hydrotherapy pool, which will be used to treat hundreds of young patients from Sheffield Children's Hospital has been officially opened. £200,000 has been spent replacing the 50 year old pool at Ryegate Children's Centre in Broomhill.
The new sunken facility is much easier for patients to access, features modern lighting including some lights beneath the water and has an improved hoist for getting young people in and out of the water. It was provided thanks to donations from Henry Boot Construction and Dransfield Properties Ltd.