The Hydrotherapy Pool at St George Hospital has been re-opened after recently undergoing renovations.
Mark Coure, Member for Oatley was joined by Leisa Rathborne, General Manager of St George Hospital and hospital staff to view the upgrades at the Pool.
The Hydrotherapy Pool which was recommissioned in 2011 under the NSW Liberal Government was upgraded to ensure patients were having the best possible experience and receiving the maximum results from treatment.
Hydrotherapy services at the Hospital provide a gravity reduced environment for patients who otherwise would not be able to exercise on land. The aquatic physiotherapy that the Pool provides allows patients to speed up their recovery and rehabilitation process.
The renovations to the Pool included ceiling upgrades, a new acoustic tile grid, painting, anti-slip tiles and equipment upgrades.
“The NSW Liberal Government is committed to improving St George Hospital having already spent $315 million on Stage 1 and 2 of the Hospital’s redevelopment and announced a further $385 million for Stage 3,” Mr Coure said.
“When I was elected in 2011 the Hydrotherapy Pool was closed and patients were forced to go to other health facilities to access aquatic physiotherapy services. I made it my mission to change that and re-open the Pool so that the community could have access to this important service.”
“Many groups use the Pool including young children with muscular issues, seniors and community organisations such as SHARE in Hurstville. It is also a place where student physiotherapists can be trained on aquatic physiotherapy techniques and procedures.”
“These upgrades will ensure the continued function of the Pool for the community and improve its longevity.”
The Pool is mostly used by outpatients of the Hospital and welcomes over 500 users each year.