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Physiotherapist: The new pool is a fun way for patients to exercise

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.

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Patient's mum: It's like he's playing but he's doing physio

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:

New hydrotherapy pool: The work in progress

A photo diary shows work that has been carried out to replace the old and outdated pool at Ryegate Children's Centre that was built in the 1970s.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.

The old pool at Ryegate Children's Centre Credit: Sheffield Children's Hospital

Diggers moved in last year to demolish the old pool after funding and labour was donated by Henry Boot Construction and Dransfield Properties.

Demolition equipment begins work Credit: Sheffield Children's Hospital

Once the old pool had been removed work could start on creating the new modern facility which has now been opened.

The new pool begins being built Credit: Sheffield Children's Hospital

New hydrotherapy pool opens in Sheffield

The new hydrotherapy pool at the Ryegate Children's Centre Credit: Sheffield Children's Hospital

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.

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Children's Hospital charity appeal launch

Plans have been unveiled for a forty million pound revamp of Sheffield's Children's Hospital. Half of the money needed to pay for the work will be raised through a new charity campaign 'Make it Better' - which was launched today.

The hospital says thousands of children and parents from across the region will benefit from 48 new private bedrooms, a new outpatient department and better equipment. Work is due to start in Spring next year.

Children's Hospital to go global?

Will Sheffield Children's Hospital go worldwide? Credit: Calendar News

Hospital bosses in Sheffield are considering plans which could see them pioneering the NHS across the world. The Government's picked Sheffield Children's Hospial as among Britain's best - and they want to use its staff to show other countries the type of service the NHS offers.

Any profits would come back to NHS trusts. Doctors at the hospital have described the idea as a 'win-win situation'.

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