Two national bodies have joined forces in a campaign to save the hydrotherapy pool at Royal Berkshire Hospital which is under threat of permanent closure.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and the National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (NASS) are encouraging local people, patients, carers and others who would be affected by the closure to write Reading West MP Alok Sharma or Reading East MP Matt Rodda.
How to join the campaign
Sign an online letter here, on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website
The letter calls for the hydrotherapy pool at the hospital to be saved
The letter will be submitted on your behalf to local MPs
CSP professional adviser Jane Mitchell said the need for effective rehabilitation including good access to hydrotherapy, had "become increasingly important as people recover from Covid-19 particularly in supporting recovery from symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue and loss of exercise tolerance".
NASS chief executive Dale Webb added that denying hydrotherapy could stop people getting pain relief. "High pain levels are linked to high levels of mental health issues, which in turn can worsen symptoms. It is a vicious circle, and one that hydrotherapy can help to break."
Local councillors unanimously backed a motion opposing the hydrotherapy pool closure, at a Reading Borough Council meeting on 8 June.
Graeme Hoskin, lead councillor for health, wellbeing and sport, said: “This is the wrong decision to make. Reading needs NHS hydrotherapy to be available.”
The hospital said in May it had to close the pool after Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group decided to stop routinely funding hydrotherapy on the NHS.