Grimsby residents have less than a month to secure the future of hydrotherapy pools at both the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby and at Scunthorpe General Hospital, operated by North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust.
A public consultation was launched in December to help decide whether to close them. The proposals followed an initial consultation with clinical staff at the centres. The hospital trust believes money could be better spent on alternative treatment.
The Grimsby Ankylosing Spondylitis group uses the pools at both hospitals and are calling on the public to help them fight to keep the pools open, saying that they provide “life-saving” relief from the chronic inflammatory disease.
Members of the group have written to the Chief Executive of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a 200 person petition – in support of their campaign – has been presented to the Trust. They have also met with Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell who has given his support.
In a statement, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We understand the concerns from users of the service.
“However we have taken a view from our own staff who feel, on the whole, that any money spent would be better spent on other existing alternative forms of treatment rather than hydrotherapy.”
The trust said investment was needed to bring the ageing Grimsby pool up to modern standards and the trust was not receiving enough money to cover the cost of running the pools.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a type of chronic arthritis that affects parts of the spine, including the bones, muscles and ligaments.
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