South Scotland

Borders General Hospital hydrotherapy pool fear allayed

Borders General Hospital
Image caption NHS Borders has decided to carry out a review of the hydrotherapy service in the region

Fears of the imminent closure of a hydrotherapy pool at Borders General Hospital have been allayed.

Physiotherapy patients launched a petition after suggestions that the facility could shut next year.

NHS Borders has ruled that out, but will carry out a review of how the service is provided - which could lead to changes in the longer term.

The organisation is moving its outpatients department to a central, ground-floor location at BGH.

A funding injection from the Scottish government has enabled a revamp of services at the hospital to go ahead.

It had been thought that could see the hydrotherapy pool closed, but a review of the service will take place instead.

The pool will continue to operate until the review is complete and an alternative model for providing hydrotherapy is in place.

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