Trouble finding a car park nearby led a Jindera man to stop using Albury’s hydrotherapy pool.
Michael Mohr said even though hydrotherapy helped him manage his lower back injury, the lack of parking around the Albury hospital facility proved decisive.
“It got to the stage where getting to and from the pool ended up being more of a problem than the benefits I was getting back out of the pool,” he said.
“I’ve been gradually getting worse, so the distance I can comfortably walk keeps getting shorter, so I gave up on it.”
Albury Wodonga Health, which was contacted for comment on Friday, closed the hydrotherapy pool indefinitely because it did not meet disinfection standards, a move that has angered users who relied on regular therapy.
Mr Mohr, who first sustained his injury in 2005, said he did have some concerns about the pool’s operation, but they were “nothing unsolvable”.
“Once it got beyond eight (people at once), it was very difficult to have space to do what you needed to do as far as the exercises were concerned,” he said.
“There’s signage at Albury to say no Band-Aids, no this, that or the other … nobody really policed it.”
Mr Mohr said Albury Wodonga Health should not have left the community without a hydrotherapy pool.
“There needs to be a facility somewhere this side of the border that can provide that service, that’s the most important thing, hydrotherapy is very beneficial,” he said.
“They should look at first creating an alternative facility and then close it, not the other way around.”
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