Long wait over for hydrotherapy pool

PUBLISHED: 17:09 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

The hydrotherapy pool at St Albans City hospital had been clsed since June

The hydrotherapy pool at St Albans City hospital had been clsed since June

A HOSPITAL S hydrotherapy pool vital to help relieve pain in arthritis sufferers and physiotherapy patients has reopened after being closed for more than seven months. The facility at St Albans City Hospital is used for post-operative care and exercise tr

A HOSPITAL'S hydrotherapy pool vital to help relieve pain in arthritis sufferers and physiotherapy patients has reopened after being closed for more than seven months.

The facility at St Albans City Hospital is used for post-operative care and exercise treatments during the day but it closed in June after becoming contaminated.

A bacterium called Pseudomonas was discovered in the water but the pool only reopened to patients on Monday. That was despite assurances from the West Herts Primary Care Trust (PCT) at the time of closure that the pool would be up and running again within a matter of weeks.

A spokesperson for the PCT said it took far longer than anticipated for them to get the water up to the required standard.

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