Founded in Bath in 1738 as the Mineral Water Hospital, the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) is still known affectionately as ‘The Min’. Now incorporating the Bath Centre for Pain Services (BCPS), the hospital has an international reputation for research into, and the treatment of, a variety of conditions including CRPS, Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
In February 2015, the Hospital became part of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH). Although the Min still currently occupies its historic building in the centre of Bath, a phased move is currently underway to relocate all of their services, mainly to the RUH’s main site about a mile out of the city centre. In this regard a purpose built “RNHRD and Therapies Centre” is planned this year at the new site, which will also incorporate some existing and overlapping services already available at the RUH.
The new purpose built facility has been designed by architects in conjunction with staff and patients and will provide cutting edge treatment as well as specialist facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool, a specialist gym and rehabilitation equipment. It is hoped that the new facility will both continue and build upon the Min’s reputation for the treatment and management of chronic pain and other long term conditions.
Over the years at BLB, many of our clients from around the country suffering CRPS, FM and other chronic pain conditions have attended residential pain management and rehabilitation courses at the Min, either as NHS or private patients. We have had considerable success in arranging funding for clients to attend these courses and we are confident that this will continue at the new site.