Nothing in the plans

CLOSURE: Hydrotherapy pool not included in plans for Goulburn Base Hospital redevelopment. Above, is Bourke Street Health Service, which is scheduled to close. The Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) has revealed the hydrotherapy poolwill not be included in current redevelopment plans for Goulburn Base Hospital.
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This includes any inclusion withplanned rehabilitation units on the future Goulburn Base site.

A spokesperson for Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) said the hydrotherapy pool wasconsidered to be “more a community service than a health service”.

“Less than five per centof patients admitted to Bourke Street Health Serviceand Goulburn Base Hospital access the hydrotherapy pool,” the spokesperson said. “There are many other therapeutic options for rehabilitation that do not require access to a hydrotherapy pool and result in positive patient outcomes.”

More than 80 representatives from different health departments, including Goulburn Mulwaree Council, project managers and architects, met over two Value Management Workshops in February and December last year to discuss included services for theredeveloped hospital.

“The Local Health District will continue to operate the BourkeStreet hydrotherapy pool while it engages with the wider Goulburn community about the future operations of the pool,” the LHD spokesperson said. “[We] acknowledge the pool is a community resource.”

Director of Optimum Health Solution, Marc Seymour, who has signed a 15-year lease for the hydrotherapy pool in the Goulburn Health Hub, said no one approached him about the redevelopments.

“If the hydrotherapy pool does close earlier than expected, I’m more than happy to talk about partnerships,” Mr Seymour said.

“My main message is that we’re doing what we do well and I’m confident in our service. We never knew it was shutting down.”

A Goulburn Mulwaree Councilspokesperson has acknowledged the upgraded Aquatic centre could collaborate with Goulburn Base Hospital down the track. “Everything is on the table for the future,” the spokesperson said.“[The council has] not been formally approached by the NSW Local Health district about this option, but discussions with the State and Federal governments will occur.”

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