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What happens during the session?
The goal of this independent service is to provide you with the equipment to continue with your rehabilitation through use of our pool. These exercises should be continued alongside any land exercises you may have been given.
Sessions cannot be block booked. Each time you book a session, it will cost £4 (payable in cash to the staff member on poolside). If you need someone to attend with you in the pool to assist you with the exercises, this will cost an additional £2.
Your first appointment will be booked on the poolside after your last physio led session. If this is not possible, a member of staff will contact you at a later date to schedule your first appointment. If you are unable to attend a session you must inform the department on (01908) 995 432. If you need to speak to a member of staff directly, please call during our Self Help opening times found on this leaflet, otherwise a member of the hydrotherapy team will get back to you.
What do I bring to my session?
Please bring a swimsuit or appropriate swimwear and a towel. Please do NOT bring:
• Jewellery (other than wedding rings, religious jewellery and medical alerts)
• Valuables, as we do not have secure storage for these
• Relatives or children to your session, as there is not enough space.
At each session
Make your way down to the changing rooms five minutes before the session. If you arrive any sooner, you will be asked to sit by the poolside until it is your appointment time.
No outdoor shoes are allowed in the changing rooms. Please use the blue plastic overshoes provided located outside the female changing room door, or remove your shoes and leave them on the rack.
We have separate male and female changing rooms, with a toilet, shower, and boxes in which to put your personal belongings. Please place your belongings in a box, and leave it in the changing area, do not leave any valuables in the changing rooms.
Please shower before entering the pool – this is to ensure hygiene and help maintain chemical levels in the pool.
If you have any special requirements, please speak to your physiotherapist prior to booking the session.
How long will I be in the pool?
For each session you will be in the pool for a maximum of 30 minutes. You will need extra time on either side of your allotted time to be able to get changed.
Getting into and out of the pool
You should be able to get in and out of the pool safely and independently using the steps. If you need any assistance with washing & dressing, please bring a relative or friend to assist you with this. If they are of the opposite gender, please inform staff before booking in for self-help Hydrotherapy as we may not be able to accommodate this due to limited changing facilities.
What happens after treatment?
Every 12 months you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire so we can keep your health details up-to-date. Alternatively, if you have an operation, inform us that you will not be able to attend for a period of time and complete a new health questionnaire on return to self-help Hydrotherapy. If we do not hear from you for more than four months without any notification, you will be removed from the list at which point you will no longer be able to attend further sessions.
If you have any changes to your health whilst attending self-help sessions, you must inform the physiotherapy assistant to ensure your safety.
What should I tell the physiotherapy assistant on arrival?
If you have an infection (cold, flu, thrush, athlete’s foot etc.), you will not be allowed to use the pool, as the infection will become worse with warmth and may infect others. Please call to cancel and rebook the appointment. If you have diarrhoea and vomiting you should not use the pool for two weeks from the last episode. If in any doubt about an illness, please phone for advice.
Please inform us if you have taken any prescription medications prior to entering the pool that you would not normally take.
If you feel unwell, please tell the physiotherapy assistant immediately before getting into the pool.
Self-Help opening times
|08:30 – 09:00am
16:00 – 16:30am
16:30 – 17:00am
|09:30 – 10:00am
10:00 – 10:30am
10:30 – 11:00am
11:00 – 11:30am
11:30 – 12:00am
If you have a foot verruca, please use a verruca sock during pool sessions. These are available from a chemist.
The red cord in the toilet and shower is the emergency cord; please only use in an emergency.
Running, jumping and pushing is not permitted in the pool area. Please be respectful to others around you.
Hydrotherapy treatment should be enjoyable. If you have any concerns, please inform a member of staff.