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Hydrotherapy Pool

The Ipswich Hospital hydrotherapy pool is located in its own self-contained room within the Physiotherapy Outpatients Department, accessed via Entrance 5 of the hospital.

To book the Ipswich Hospital hydrotherapy pool, please call 01473 703318.

Pool dimensions

  • Deep end: 1.2m (4ft).
  • Shallow end: 0.85m (2.8ft).
  • 5.8m (19ft) long and 2.9m (9.5ft) wide.
  • The pool can accommodate four people.

We have six curtained cubicles for patients to change in and a small storage area where patients can leave their bag whilst in the pool. We do not routinely supply patients with drinks after they have been in the pool but there are facilities to make drinks, if required. 

Entering the pool
There are five steps up into the pool and six steps down. All steps have a hand rail on one side. Once in the pool there are three steps down into the deep end.

Patients can be hoisted from a chair and lowered into the pool - the patient must be able to transfer independently from chair to chair. The maximum weight for the hoist is 200kg (31 stone).   

The pool has a back rest which can be lowered into the water for patients who need to be seated in the pool. We have an array of other equipment including arm bands, rings and flippers.

Pool availability

All the areas shaded in light blue are when the pool is available for hire:







8am – 12.30pm

Booked for outpatients' use

Booked for outpatients' use



Booked for outpatients' use

12.30pm – 5pm



Booked for outpatients' use



5pm – 9pm



Booked for
AS Group
7pm – 9pm

Booked for
RA Group
6pm – 9pm



Patient safety
All patients using the pool are required to complete a contraindication form to ensure that they are medically fit to go into the pool.

Absolute contraindications:

  • acute wound / skin infections;
  • acute vomiting / diarrhoea / stomach problems;
  • medical instability following an acute episode (eg asthma,CVA,DVT,PE);
  • resting angina;
  • shortness of breath at rest;
  • uncontrolled cardiac failure;
  • weight in excess of evacuation equipment.

Relative contraindications:

  • acute systemic illness / pyrexia (needs to be stable 24 hours);
  • known aneurysm;
  • poorly controlled epilepsy;
  • irradiated skin during a course of radiotherapy;
  • poorly controlled asthma;
  • kidney disease;
  • unstable diabetes;
  • uncontrolled high / low blood pressure.


  • fear of water / non swimmer;
  • incontinence;
  • haemophilia;
  • widespread MRSA;
  • hypotension;
  • renal failure;
  • poor skin integrity / open / surgical wounds;
  • pregancy.

The cost to hire the Ipswich Hospital hydrotherapy pool is negotiable, depending on your individual requirements.

We are unable to provide staff to facilitate the private use of the pool. You would therefore need to provide a physiotherapist to be in the water and an assistant to be on the side.