A new hydrotherapy centre at the nook

A new hydrotherapy centre at the nook

Dec 09, 2014
Hydrotherapy offers a range of benefits for the children and young people in our care. Put quite simply by EACH physiotherapist Debra James “Imagine if you had lost the ability to walk but could still do it in the water – what a positive experience this would be”. 

Our hospice at Quidenham, unlike our centres in Ipswich and Milton in Cambridgeshire, doesn’t have a hydrotherapy pool. Plans for the nook in Framingham Earl incorporate a hydrotherapy pool with changing rooms, showers and wheelchair access to the pool.

Last week we were invited along to a hydrotherapy session at Ingworth near Aylsham which is where currently EACH staff members, children and their families travel to be able to access hydrotherapy. The distance we have to travel is a big drain on our funding – extra staff need to be on hand and often parents and guardians need to take time off work to attend but the benefits it has for young people outweigh these negatives. 

Hydrotherapy pools aren’t like a normal swimming pool you’d find in your local leisure centre. They are much smaller and the water in them is heated to 36C. For some this the warmth and support of the water is the only time they can move.

Our media partner the Eastern Daily Press ran a story on hydrotherapy on Friday 5 December 2014, you can read it here.
 
It will cost £150,000 to build a hydrotherapy pool at the nook, help us achieve our vision for Norfolk. Get involved.
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The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH