The opening of the Palmerston Regional Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool on 19 June 2019 was attended by Robynne Burridge, Life Member of Integrated Disability Action Inc. Robynne an IdA were instrumental in establishing this facility. The hydrotherapy pool will be used to carry out aquatic physiotherapy to assist with the rehabilitation of neurological and musculoskeletal injuries. Patients with neurological impairments such as stroke, head injury or cerebral palsy and degenerative neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease will benefit from use of hydrotherapy.
Patients with multiple fractures or post-operative joint replacements will benefit from rehabilitation in a weightless environment. Hydrotherapy assists patients with pain relief, increases mobility in joints, provides vital exercise to paralysed muscles, reduces muscle spasms, increases and improves circulation and improves balance and coordination. The hydrotherapy pool is situated close to the PRH rehabilitation ward for ease of access.
The purpose built rehabilitation facility provides 24 beds with outdoor courtyards, rehabilitation spaces and a gym.