A HYDROTHERAPY pool at Glan Clwyd Hospital will close after more than 34 years.
The pool will shut as part of the multi-million pound re-development of the Bodelwyddan hospital, with new referals to the pool being reduced in the meantime.
A spokesman for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “In order to strip asbestos out of the building, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is undergoing extensive redevelopment.
“The therapy department including the hydrotherapy pool is part of this redevelopment and as such the pool will need to close for the work to be carried out.
“There are no definite arrangements or dates at present as we are in the process of securing suitable alternative accommodation for our services during the redevelopment.”
Prestatyn resident Jane Wheeler recently underwent a total knee replacement at Abergele Hospital before being refered to Glan Clwyd for physiotherapy and hydrotherapy treatment.
She said: “I have received excellent care and encouragement from all the physical therapists I have worked with in the department and cannot praise their dedication enough.
“The hydrotherapy sessions in particular greatly helped me and it was with some dismay that these sessions were curtailed recently when I was informed the department was no longer accepting new referrals due to the forthcoming closure of the pool and the need to work through the referrals already accepted.
“I am lucky that I am able to attend a local pool and will be carrying on the exercises that I have been taught, but not everyone has the means or ability to carry this through.”
The hospital which has benefited from a £90m investment from the Welsh Government to fun a redevelopment which features a new A&E department.