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Our Splish Splash Splosh campaign will fund a hydrotherapy pool at the Children’s Hospital for Wales. This is an incredibly important campaign which we hope will involve communities around Wales.
Whether you’re a small social group, a national organisation or company or a local school we need your support to raise the £500,000 needed to fund the hydrotherapy pool. Over 500 children from all over Wales miss out on hydrotherapy treatment each year.
What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy carried out in a heated purpose-built pool and helps patients with numerous conditions to strengthen joints and muscles and maintain movement. Children and young adults in need of physiotherapy can use hydrotherapy either as the treatment of choice or as part of a care package.
As the body is more supported in water paediatric patients are often able to start hydrotherapy treatment much earlier than they can start physiotherapy on dry land, meaning that the process of rehabilitation can be quicker. The heat and buoyancy of the water also makes hydrotherapy less painful than treatment on dry land.
Who will it help?
Hydrotherapy is a vital health and social activity for children with a wide range of conditions. The pool is often a less threatening environment for children, they can relax, have fun and often they don’t know that they are doing physiotherapy.
The following groups of paediatric patients would greatly benefit from receiving hydrotherapy treatment at the Children’s Hospital for Wales.
- Neurology patients e.g. head injuries, paediatric stroke
- Neurosurgical patients e.g. removal of tumours, cerebral bleeds
- Development delay patients e.g. downs syndrome, cerebral palsy
- Orthopaedic patients e.g. spinal injury patients in rehab, multi-trauma
- Oncology patients e.g. bone cancer, brain tumour
- Respiratory patients e.g. asthma
What’s so special about the pool?
The pool which will be in the therapies area of Phase Two of the Children’s Hospital for Wales will be a purpose built for receiving hydrotherapy treatment. Adjustable temperature setting will be used to soothe joint and muscle pain and colourful lights and artwork will help distract and relax paediatric patients whilst they receive treatment in the pool, which can allow the physiotherapists to achieve more in each session. The pool will also have changing rooms, shower facilities and hoists which will assist patients who may need help getting in and out of the pool.
David Roberts, eleven-time Paralymic Champion is a firm believer in the benefits of hydrotherapy and is fronting our campaign.
“Swimming changed my life at the age of 11 when I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The importance of hydrotherapy cannot be underestimated. When a child is in the water, they can relax and be themselves without realising the full benefit.
I feel very strongly about the need for the hydrotherapy pool and will throw my full support behind this vital campaign. The pool will definitely help change lives across Wales.”