A statement today from NHS Highland:
NHS Highland is to establish a revised referral process for the Nairn Hydrotherapy Pool, involving both GPs and physiotherapy staff from the health board.
NHS Highland had instructed the Nairn Healthcare Group to stop taking referrals for patients to use the Hydrotherapy Pool from July 1st. However having received a number of representations, it has been decided to ensure that no feasible options have been overlooked.
Further discussions between the Hydrotherapy Trust, Highlife Highland and NHS Highland will take place to establish a revised model of both service delivery and value for money.
It is expected that these discussions will be developed and agreed prior to October this year. During the intervening period, NHS Highland will continue to support new referrals and ongoing treatment for patients.
In the absence of a signed service level agreement at this stage, NHS Highland will continue to pay the rate mutually agreed by the Health Board and the Trust during the last financial year.