Extraordinary, Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 27th April, 2017 7.00 pm, CANCELLED

Venue: Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN

Contact: Madeleine Shopland  Principal Democratic Services Officer

No. Item



To receive any apologies for absence


Declaration of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest


Public Question Time

To answer any public questions


A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for members of the public to ask questions submitted under notice.


The Council welcomes questions from members of the public about the work of this committee.


Subject to meeting certain timescales, questions can relate to general issues concerned with the work of the Committee or an item which is on the Agenda for this meeting.  For full details of the procedure for submitting questions please contact the Democratic Services Section on the numbers given below or go to


Member Question Time

To answer any member questions


Royal Berkshire Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool pdf icon PDF 8 MB

In November 2016 it was announced that with effect from 30 March 2017, the hydrotherapy pool at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, would close. 


In January 2017 the Trust Board announced that this closure would be deferred until 30 June 2017.  During this period the pool would continue to be fully operational and the Trust would clarify its Clinical and Estates strategies regarding the hydrotherapy service.  Work would be undertaken with local partners to address questions raised and engagement would also take place with existing facility users.  In addition the Trust would work with local Clinical Commissioning Groups, other NHS partners and the local authority to explore the future of the hydrotherapy service.


It is noted that provision will continue in some form.


The Committee is seeking to understand the process of the decision.


The following have been invited to provide information to the Committee:


·         Steve McManus, Chief Executive Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust;

·         Martin Salter, Patron Berkshire MS Therapy Centre;

·         Richard Dolinski, Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust – Board of Governors


The following is supplied for information:


·         The case against closure by user groups

·         Comments received from Healthwatch


Additional documents:

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent

A Supplementary Agenda will be issued by the Chief Executive if there are any other items to consider under this heading.