Rugby stars reopen hospital pool
BRISTOL Rugby players took time out from training to reopen a hydro- therapy pool at a city hospital.
Captain Iain Grieve and Roy Winters were invited to open the pool in Bristol Royal Infirmary's physiotherapy department following a £68,000 refurbishment.
The pool was originally opened 16 years ago by players in the Bristol Rugby Club squad.
Hydrotherapy benefits people with musculoskeletal or traumatic conditions, rheumatology patients, pregnant women, neurological patients and haemophiliacs.
The water, which is constantly circulated, is ozone purified and kept at a constant 35 degrees centigrade, which encourages relaxation and ease of movement.
Among the improvements that have been made include replacement flooring and wall coverings, a new overhead hoist system to improve patient access, new showers and improved storage facilities.
Clinical lead physiotherapist Rachel Midcalf said: "It was nice of the rugby players to come, it rounded things off having them there.
"Hydrotherapy provides a great environment for rehabilitation for all sorts of sports injuries and hopefully it opened their eyes to it a bit. They were interested in what we do here."