When are the sessions?

  • Monday 5.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Tuesday: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Thursday: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

What are the facilities like?
Sessions are held within the Physiotherapy Department, Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital. Treatment is carried out in a purpose built hydrotherapy pool, with full disabled access both into the building and the pool itself. The pool runs at a warm therapeutic temperature of around 34 degrees. We have full shower and changing facilities. Refreshments are available after your treatment.

What happens during the sessions?
Every new patient will need a physical examination and one to one time to chat through your problems and goals. We will work with you to come up with a programme of treatment specific to your needs and we will review this regularly. We have a number of treatment options including 1:1 treatment, group exercise sessions and water relaxation therapy.

Can I self-refer?
Yes we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us via our online contact form or by phone. We also take referrals from Consultants, GPs or Physiotherapists. If you would like to refer a patient, please use our online referral form and email or post to us at the contact details provided.


Do I need to be able to swim?
You do not need to be able to swim to benefit from hydrotherapy. The ability to swim is not a requirement because the water is shallow allowing you to exercise well within your depth. If you feel less confident in water, you can remain in the shallow end, near to the side, with your feet firmly on the ground! We will supervise you at all times.

What do I need to bring?

  • Swimming costume and towel

  • Appropriate medications (such as GTN spray or inhalers)

  • During your initial assessment we will need to have access to the injured or painful area. Please bring appropriate clothing such as a vest or a pair of shorts.

  • Please also bring a list of your medications to your initial assessment.

Are there any side effects?
Due to the warmth of the water, you may feel tired and thirsty following your hydrotherapy session. Refreshments are available after your treatment.

When is hydrotherapy not appropriate?
There are a few conditions that may prevent you from having hydrotherapy treatment. You will be fully assessed prior to hydrotherapy treatment to ensure you are medically fit to safely attend. Please contact us with any questions.

Is there parking?

Due to Healthy Hydrotherapy taking place in the evenings, car parks are historically quieter and therefore parking is not a problem.

 The best parking options are:  

  • 8 Disabled Parking bays directly outside the main entrance to the Brunel Building.
  • Various ‘Drop Off’ bays directly outside the main entrance to the Brunel Building
  • 12 pay & display spaces on Dorian Way, opposite Maternity (turn left at the mini roundabout as you are driving towards the new hospital from Monks Park Avenue entrance).
  • Monks Park House car park by the Monks Park Avenue hospital entrance. This is directly opposite the Minor Injuries Unit.  This is a short walk towards the Brunel Building main entrance.

See link to hospital site map below (aim to enter the building at 'Main Entrance')


See link to the map of the Brunel Building (The Hydro Pool is in Blue Zone 'C'):


Parking charges, public transport information and details of how to find Southmead Hospital are accesible via the link below: 


Once into the hospital main entrance the hydro pool is located in the Physiotherapy Department on Level 1 of The Brunel Building. This is the same level as the main hospital entrance. The Physio Department/hydro pool is at Gate 24 (Blue Zone C). There is a map at the main entrance

What are the prices?
Please contact us for further information as there are various options available. Payment is via cheque or cash. Cheques are made payable to 'Healthy Hydrotherapy Ltd'.

Do you accept funding via private health insurance schemes?                                                                                                                                   Yes, here at Healthy Hydrotherapy we are registered with all major health insurance providers including BUPA, AVIVA, WPA, Simply Health and AXA PPP. Please inform us of your health insurance scheme with your initial enquiry.

Can you provide gift vouchers? 

Yes we offer professionally produced gift vouchers to a value of your choice.

Links to useful educational materials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b8oB757DKc Understanding Chronic Pain in 5 mins Educational Video.

http://www.paintoolkit.org/ Brilliant educational resource for people who live with persistent pain.

http://www.lower-back-pain-toolkit.com/ Back Pain resource written by one of our colleagues.

I don't need Hydrotherapy but do you know any good local land based Physiotherapists?

Yes, having worked in Bristol for ten years we know most of the medical professionals in the area. Here is a selection of a few: