Council on the hunt for pool physios

TWEED Shire Council will seek talks with local physiotherapists after revelations the hydrotherapy pool in the new $18 million Murwillumbah swimming pool and car park complex is not being used by those who need it most.

The Tweed Daily News revealed on Saturday that hospital patients and outpatients are not receiving treatment at the pool which was built after a major community fundraising effort because Murwillumbah Hospital does not have enough physio-therapists.

More than $45,000 was raised by the Mt Warning AM Rotary Club, convincing the council to include the hydrotherapy pool in the complex.

Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre facilities manager Gavin Urquhart said it was “true that the hydrotherapy pool is being underused by local physios, both public and private”.

“Perhaps they are unaware of the facilities available or it may be the case that they feel it would only be beneficial if they had a number of patients using the pool consecutively on any one day,” he said.

“Council is in the process of contacting physios to increase the use of the pool for rehabilitation and therapy for patients.

“That's what it's there for and it's such a wonderful facility.”

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