In November 2016, Royal Berkshire Hospital announced the plan to close its hydrotherapy pool in March 2017. This plan was strongly opposed by many local charities and groups that regularly make use of the pool, including Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group, Reading Families’ Forum, REACH Wokingham, Arthritis Matters and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Working with these charities, Alok set up a stakeholder group to oppose the closure of the pool.
Achievements to date:
Alok will continue to work with the stakeholders group, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, local Clinical Commissioning Groups and other partners to find a long-term alternative solution for a hydrotherapy facility that supports both the needs of the users and the Royal Berkshire Hospitals’ clinical strategy.
"I am pleased that the hydrotherapy facility will continue at the Royal Berkshire Hospital or until an acceptable site can be found for its re-provision in the Reading area. I am grateful to the campaign group and Steve and his team, for the co-operative way in which we have worked so far. We now need to work on a longer term plan to ensure a local hydrotherapy service is available permanently for all patients who need it."
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