The renewal of the Repat Hospital site as a health care precinct has commenced with the Marshall Liberal Government announcing that the hydrotherapy pool will be open by the end of the month.
Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade today toured the hydrotherapy pool with members of the YWCA Encore Program and Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Sue O’Neill.
“The Repat hydrotherapy pool is an essential rehabilitation service for hundreds of residents in the southern suburbs and its reactivation will be widely welcomed by the community,” said Premier Marshall.
“Clinical experts have informed us that hydrotherapy, and the specific environment of hydrotherapy pools, are crucial in the management of chronic conditions and long term rehabilitation.
“The Repat site is rich in health assets that my Government will be returning to the people of South Australia for ongoing use.
“The community of southern Adelaide was left with just one hydrotherapy pool when the former Labor Government attempted to sell off the Repat Hospital site to ACH.
“The Marshall Government’s decision to terminate the former government’s contract of sale has secured the site’s health assets for public use. “Our priority is to provide the highest quality health services to the community and to ensure we have the services needed to keep people healthy and out of hospital.”
The Repat pool will open in a staged manner, with rehabilitation patients from the nearby ViTA centre and self-help community users getting access from Monday, 28 May.
The second activation in July will grow to include patients from services across the south and community groups with a focus on health and wellness.
“We are delighted to be announcing the re-opening of this important community asset today,” said Minister Wade.
“It’s vitally important that community groups, such as the YWCA Encore Breast Cancer Group, have convenient access to this critical, local service.
“As we head into winter, it’s very important to support people’s efforts to stay fit and healthy and the YWCA Encore Program does exactly this and we’re looking forward to welcoming them and other self-help community groups back into their Repat pool.
“This is the first step in what will be a co-ordinated approach in engaging with the community on a master plan for the Repat site and creating a health precinct for the people of southern Adelaide.”