Up to 150 helped by swim scheme

17:57, Dec 15 2013

A swim programme partly funded by the South Canterbury District Health Board is assisting up to 150 patients a year.

The programme benefits people with long-term health conditions or disabilities who have been assessed as needing water therapy as opposed to land-based exercise.

It is limited to 150 people a year, providing them subsidised access to CBay.

South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) chief executive Nigel Trainor said there were 139 people with active memberships and a further 10 who have yet to confirm whether they will take up the offer. He said 12 people were are on the waiting list.

"Attendance is monitored," Mr Trainor said.

"Participants are expected to attend two to three times a week."

Those who are not meeting their required quota of visits are removed from the list and replaced with someone from the waiting list. The memberships are for a year and are valued at $702.

The participant contributes $150 towards the cost, which they can pay to the DHB either in full or in monthly payments.


The Timaru Herald