"Opportunities for patients to go swimming"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Mental Health Services for Older People – Inpatient

(as the patient),

A suggestion: if enough patients wanted to go swimming which was mentioned at meeting 31st July 2011, I think we should go.

I used to go to a carers group, once a week we went to Skylarks Holme Pierpont. They had a lovely heated swimming pool which had all the facilities for disabled and able people.

At the time it was only a small charge to go and it would give patients more confidence going to a place that was used by the patients and not the general public.

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Responses

Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for sharing your request. Sadly Skylarks in Nottingham has closed down but there are other pools that can provide similar facilities

I will contact the ward manager and ask if this is possible.

Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for the suggestion about swimming. Patients have in the past gone swimming with the occupational therapy and physio services that work with us on B50. However, this has usually been facilitated as part of an individualised plan of care for the patient concerned, rather than as a group.

Patients went to their own local pools to help increase confidence in using their own local facilities. I will raise the issue with the senior occupational therapy and physio staff, as well as our Activity Coordinator, to highlight the interest in the activity and assess if it is achievable given the reduction in allied health professional services we have experienced this year.

Helen Forrester

Ward Manager B50 QMC

Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

'I had a vist to the ward. Imagine my delight when I was told by Kirsty my physio that she had been able to organise a swimming session at my local leisure centre following a request I made at a patients meeting a few weeks previously.

The sun rose early to accompany our taxi ride from QMC and we joined the queue of lunchtime swimmers. With eager anticipation which was enhanced by being told that the carers were free!

The bubbles of water, cool on late Summer skin was completely exhilarating, as was our 30 minute swim so that Kirsty and I emerged from the pool invigorated and refreshed.

A few minutes under a warm shower followed by lunch in the cafeteria preceded a session of basking in the sun and breathing in the very fresh air while we waited for our taxi to return. An absolutely valuable experience and a real feeling of normality.

Thank you so much to everyone involved and the greatly appreciated adventure!'

'C'