Otago Therapeutic Pool at Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin Physio Pool [radionz.co.nz] 1Dunedin Physio Pool, 140 Hanover Street [Photo: radionz.co.nz]

● Built in 1946, the first large, purpose-built therapeutic pool in New Zealand.
● About 50,000 visits by users each year, including patients and members of the public.
● Owned by Southern District Health Board but run by the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust.
● Water temperature is 35degC.

See story by Bruce Munro, Oasis in the city (ODT 8.11.12)

█ Heritage New Zealand – Registration report and history (List no. 7581)

### ODT Online Wed, 6 Aug 2014
Trust will lobby to keep pool
By Eileen Goodwin
In a bid to stop the closure of Dunedin’s physio pool, the trust that runs the facility will appeal to Southern District Health Board members in Dunedin tomorrow. An Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust deputation will ask the board to overrule management and keep the pool open. The meeting starts at 9am and is open to the public. In his submission, secretary-treasurer Neville Martin will tell members the health board should work with the trust and Dunedin City Council to resolve the financial issues.
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█ Meeting – Thursday, 7 August 2014, 9.00 am
Board Room, Level 2, West Wing, Main Block,
Wakari Hospital Campus, 371 Taieri Road, Dunedin

Agenda: http://www.southerndhb.govt.nz/files/14529_2014080585517-1407185717.pdf

Other meeting information and more about the SDHB here: http://www.southerndhb.govt.nz/pages/boardmeetings/

At the Otago Daily Times today, in response to a letter from Sue Heap there’s an address for donations:

Donations can be made to the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust, c/o Neville Martin, secretary-treasurer, PO Box 870, Dunedin 9054.

For people who dislike using Cheques, contact Mr Martin (OTPT) via the Health Board for the trust’s bank account number and the correct reference for use.


Critic Issue 17, 2014 (excerpt):

Critic 17 - 27 July 2014 [critic.co.nz] 2 detail

█ Read the full article posted by Nina Harrap on Sunday 27 July 2014 at 10:15pm

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25 responses to “Otago Therapeutic Pool at Dunedin Hospital

  1. Elizabeth

    SDHB meeting today – discussion on the Physio Pool involved questions about how long the pool can safely stay open before building upgrade.

    More tomorrow.

  2. Elizabeth

    “[This facility] is too precious to allow a cost-saving agenda across the breadth of SDHB to end it.” –Neville Martin, OTPT

    ODT: Safety raised in pool row
    The Southern District Health Board and the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust are at odds over how long the pool can be safely used before its future is decided. The board says there is a health and safety issue in not draining the pool at the end of this year, but the trust wants to wait until the middle of next year, and says it is safe for the public to use.
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    • Elizabeth

      As sent:

      Public excluded in May
      Submitted by ej kerr on Fri, 08/08/2014 – 1:13pm.
      It seems SDHB forgot to take the water temperature long before its May meeting with the public excluded. Back then, the board, although deeply broke and beleaguered by government appointments, did itself no favours [by] not first inviting open discussion and community solutions to issues of compliance, cost and enhanced access. Irresponsible.

  3. Elizabeth

    IMG_20140808_120229ODT 8.8.14, The Wash (page 2)

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    That was an excellent point, that and the piece underneath it about the campers who had camped happily for years in a $3 a night patch of Godzone, getting back to simplicity, with only longdrop toilets and no glitz. Why can’t we have 2 or more standards? The water in the pool isn’t a danger. The tiles don’t come loose till the pool is emptied “for safety”!!! Safety is the get-home-free card. Play the safety card and you can impose ridiculous limits on freedom, demolish buildings, deliver bumper profits to cottonwool manufacturers. Anything you like, well not YOU, you’re only a person who would (I’m guessing) like to be able to lead your own life, make your own choices and evaluate risks. You’d need fair disclosures, un-pimped information though. “This pool is and looks old but the water is safe for swimming” and “There are no modern facilities at this camp ground, not even water fit for drinking. It is suitable only for people who want to ‘rough it’ “.

  5. Elizabeth

    █ [SDHB] board agreed yesterday to postpone a planned closure of the Otago Therapeutic Pool until December.

    ### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 08/08/2014
    Pool closure postponed
    By Wilma McCorkindale (via Southland Times)
    The Southern District Health Board has debated whether to immediately shut down its deteriorating historic physio pool. The board agreed yesterday to postpone a planned closure of the Otago Therapeutic Pool, run by the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust, until December to allow some resolutions toward the continuation of physio pool facilities to be made. The discussions came after a plea for more time to raise funds for the pool and build community support to retain it from pool trust chairman Neville Martin.
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  6. Hype O'Thermia

    Southern District Health Board’s policy to abolish entropy came up against public opinion over its “deteriorating historic physio pool”. Deteriorating Board members are at risk of crumbling under the pressure of public scrutiny of their arguments for closing the physio pool.

  7. Elizabeth

    An extension to June would give comfort to the public that the chances of keeping the pool open were improved and that donating money would be worthwhile.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 4 Sep 2014
    SDHB to discuss fate of physio pool today
    By Debbie Porteous
    The short-term fate of the Dunedin Physio Pool could be known today. The Southern District Health Board has changed its mind and is to discuss ”a resolution” in relation to the pool at its board meeting in Invercargill this morning, a spokesman said, after the board had earlier said it would leave the decision until its October or November meeting. […] If the SDHB decided this week to keep the pool open until June, the trust would be able to apply for a grant for the feasibility study and engage the right people to undertake it.
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    ### dunedintv.co.nz September 4, 2014 – 5:58pm
    Physiotherapy pool to stay open until June at least
    There is good news for the people operating Dunedin’s physiotherapy pool, as well as those reliant on the facility for rehabilitation.

  8. Elizabeth

    The pool needs $1 million in capital upgrades and $500,000 in operational funding —to cover the pool’s capital investment needs for at least a decade.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 11 Apr 2015
    Campaign to save physio pool
    By Eileen Goodwin
    The pool that has benefited thousands of people now needs the public’s help. Today, the Otago Daily Times and the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust launch an eight-week fundraising campaign for $1.5 million to help save Dunedin’s physio pool. The pool serves a wide cross-section of Dunedin’s community, and it is hoped organisations, clubs and workplaces throughout the city will become involved.
    It is the city’s only heated therapeutic pool catering for rehabilitation.
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    • Peter

      Another impost on the people the SDHB is meant to serve. As if it isn’t enough that they don’t want to serve patients fresh food.

  9. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz April 13, 2015 – 6:40pm
    Nightly interview: Neville Martin
    The Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust is ramping up efforts to raise money to save Dunedin’s only therapeutic swimming pool from closure. Trust secretary and treasurer Neville Martin is here to give us an update on how things are going.

  10. Elizabeth

    The New Zealand Heart Foundation has waded into the fundraising effort to save the Otago Therapeutic Pool in Dunedin. Foundation executive director Tony Duncan presented an enlarged cheque for $10,000 to the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust during a function at the foundation’s Dunedin office yesterday.

  11. Elizabeth

    ”That’s one of the magic things about that physio pool, is that people start to inspire and challenge each other.” –Mark Shirley, physiotherapist

    ### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2015
    Pool helps ‘wee fighter’ make progress
    By Eileen Goodwin
    It’s nearly a year since Courtney Donald’s life changed forever in a deadly crash on the Southern Motorway. The 18-year-old is making solid progress and is able to walk with a frame and assistance.
    Read more

  12. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz May 7, 2015 – 5:55pm
    Physio pool unlikely to be saved in time
    Fundraising to save the local physio pool is not expected to meet its end-of-June deadline. Negotiations between the pool trust and the health board are continuing. But the need for a major cash injection is still critical for the complex to remain open.

  13. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sun, 17 May 2015
    Council report queries physio pool viability
    By Vaughan Elder
    The campaign to save the Dunedin Physio Pool has been dealt a blow after a report by Dunedin City Council staff questioned the pool’s viability. Doubts over the pool’s viability places a council agreement to underwrite up to $300,000 of the cost of saving the pool in doubt, with the funding included in the draft long-term plan (LTP) subject to the staff report.
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  14. Peter

    It is the SDHB that is abdicating its responsibilties to maintaining the therapeutic benefits of the pool. Let that responsibilty remain with them. It is not the DCC’s role to rescue every so called hard up outfit around town.
    Come on council. Harden up. We expect LEADERSHIP, not passivity….also called weakness.

  15. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz May 18, 2015 – 7:10pm
    Physiotherapy pool campaign gets major boost
    The campaign to save Dunedin’s physiotherapy pool from closure is getting a major boost. $200,000 has been donated to the cause by a couple of local organisations. But big obstacles still stand in the way.

  16. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz July 3, 2015 – 7:32pm
    Physiotherapy pool’s doors to remain open
    Almost a million dollars has been raised to save the city’s only physiotherapy pool, although its future remains uncertain. The deadline for the facility’s fundraising campaign has passed, and enough progress has been made to keep the doors open. But the hard work to keep it running continues.


    ### ODT Online Sun, 5 Jul 2015
    Physio pool fundraising enters new phase
    By Eileen Goodwin
    The physio pool fundraising campaign is moving into a different phase, as it can start to tentatively plan a long-term future, Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust secretary-treasurer Neville Martin says.
    Read more

  17. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 21 Dec 2015
    Physio pool adrift over unresolved lease issue
    By Shawn McAvinue
    The physio pool in Dunedin has hit troubled waters as ongoing negotiations to obtain a long-term lease have delayed its $1million upgrade. The pool closed yesterday for its annual Christmas break, and would now reopen sooner than expected, leaving it short of lifeguards who had made other plans for the upgrade period.
    Read more

  18. Elizabeth

    “The previous people [SDHB] gave us no indication whatsoever that there was a limitation for lease agreements over three years….”

    ### ODT Online Thu, 14 Jan 2016
    Pool trust still in limbo over lease
    By Eileen Goodwin
    Time limits on community grants for the physio pool upgrade in Dunedin may become an issue, but it is hoped the upgrade will begin before the grants start to expire, Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust trustee Fred Daniel says. […] Mr Daniel said the pool trust felt more comfortable dealing with the health board since the commissioner regime was installed last June.
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  19. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 19 Jan 2016
    Physio pool reopens while uncertainty remains
    By Carla Green
    Dunedin’s physio pool reopened yesterday amid uncertainty about its much-heralded and ultimately postponed $1million renovation. Plans to close the pool for two to three months for the renovation, starting after the Christmas holidays were cancelled shortly before the break began when it became clear the renovation could not start right away.
    Read more

  20. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    Pool renovations on hold
    Dunedin’s physiotherapy pool has reopened for the year after renovations were postponed. The pool was meant to close for three months over summer, but trustees were unable to get approval for planned upgrades. Now they’re waiting to hear if the work can go ahead.
    Ch39 Link + Video

  21. Hype O'Thermia

    Letter to ed, today’s ODT, from Peter Matheson. Excerpt: “But, as has been said so often, Dr Coleman, the responsible minister, has the power to cut through the red tape.”
    In theory, true. However it appears that here and in other matters, although Dr Coleman was elevated to Minister caution was felt necessary, and the Ministerial scissors with which he was issued were pink plastic with blunt ends.

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