Working with Bedford Hospital Trust (BHT) we conducted an options appraisal for delivering hydrotherapy services in Bedfordshire. We wanted to understand which of the options put forward would best meet the needs of patients and the impacts of the different options on patients and their ability to access services.
|You told us:||Our response:|
The weight bearing qualities and buoyancy provided in the water, together with the resistance of the water provided an effective and safe environment to complete exercises.
That hydrotherapy benefitted your mobility, enabling you to complete exercises in the water that you were unable to complete on land.
That having no access to hydrotherapy had resulted in your health worsening and either being referred back into the NHS physiotherapy service or increasing your pain medication.
|The decision was made to continue to provide Hydrotherapy Services to patients who were deemed clinically to require this treatment as an adjunct to land based treatment. The treatment is being delivered at local facilities on a sessional basis.|
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