Patients fear Murray Bridge heated pool will close

FISH OUT OF WATER: Trish Davids, Marie Hoffman, Lorraine Thompson, Rosslyn Westphal and Jackie Moloney fear the pool will close.
FISH OUT OF WATER: Trish Davids, Marie Hoffman, Lorraine Thompson, Rosslyn Westphal and Jackie Moloney fear the pool will close.

The dozens of locals who rely on the heated pool and spa at the Murray Bridge Hospital to maintain their quality of life are fearful the vital facility could be closed for good.

The facility is the only of its kind in the region and provides patients with the hydrotherapy treatment they need to get better and keep mobile.

When the facility closed for six weeks over summer, more than 200 users signed a petition in attempt to keep it open.

Now, Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick is concerned for the facility’s future considering it has run at a significant loss for many years.

“I believe the pool loses more than $100,000 a year but the government needs to get proactive to work with the community to make it more financially viable because it cannot close,” he said.

“It’s a vital facility for so many around the district and i’ll do everything I can to keep it going.”

Mr Pederick said he was writing a letter the Health Minister Jack Snelling to urge SA Health to find a way to make the pool more viable.

“The have got to look beyond the cost and think about the benefit of the community,” he said.

Karen McCormack, who attends the facility twice a day for treatment, said the spa was a haven for pain relief. “I had major surgery last year and it was only 14 months ago that I couldn’t walk at all so I need the heated pool for therapy to keep moving,” she said.

If the facility was closed, she said she would be forced to leave Murray Bridge.

“I will go where I need to go to get the therapy I need to get better,” she said.

She said the facility was an inspirational place.

“When you’re frequently in a lot of pain your world closes in on you so getting out to the pool is such a positive thing to do,” she said.

Everyone who goes there has a story about what they’ve gone through… some do it to improve their own quality of life and some will always need the pool to get by.”

SA Health were unable to comment about the future of the facility at this time.