NHS Changing Places Template

I support this as there is a major shortage of Changing Places toilets, especially at hospitals.

People without disabilities take it for granted that toilet facilities will be available wherever they go and this may be so for disabled toilets, but quality will be a factor.

But with Changing Places this is far from the case, and if they are not available this is a major restriction on the freedoms of persons who really need them.

For when you want to go, then you want to go, but if the right facilities are not there then what can you do, for you still need to go.

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According to Government figures, fewer than 40 hospitals in England have a registered Changing Place facility. The reality of this situation is that disabled children, teenagers and adults have no safe toilet to use when attending hospital appointments or when visiting friends and family in hospitals.

Disabled people, and their carers, are being put at risk, due to manual moving and handling techniques being used without appropriate equipment. Disabled people are being put at risk of pressure ulcers due to being sat in soiled pads for prolonged periods of time. All of this while in a hospital setting, in outpatient departments, clinic departments and for anyone just wanting to visit their loved ones.

The Department of Health in England have made available 2 million pounds to provide Changing Places toilets in acute hospital settings. Hospital Trusts do need to apply.

Below is a template to use, in order to request…

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Service station Welcome Break causes fury ‘after saying it isn’t interested in providing new disabled toilets’

Original post from Disabled Go News



Service station Welcome Break has caused fury after being accused of saying it’s “not interested” in providing new disabled toilets.

The roadside firm was contacted by campaign group Changing Places who offered to install new disabled toilets in their service stations.

However, the campaign group was left furious when it claimed Welcome Break replied, saying: “Thanks for the interest in Welcome Break, unfortunately this isn’t something we would be interested in at the moment.”

This led to a storm of protest on social media, with some users saying they will boycott the service station.

Lianne Watt wrote: “That’s a disgrace” while Kerry Bignell added: “Shame on them. They are not so Welcome are they!”

Changing Places say there toilets are essential to all severely disabled people.

They say standard disabled toilet are not accessible for many, especially those who need a hoist and a changing bed.

In a statement today, Welcome Break said its comment which sparked the controversy was in response to the company attending an event, and not over the installation of new disabled toilets.

A spokesman said: “Welcome Break takes the comfort and safety of all its customers very seriously. Each of our sites offers the highest standard of disabled parking, access and toilets as required by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This includes our hotel facilities.

“It is our priority to ensure all our customers can enjoy a safe and high standard visit to our motorway service areas.

“Our correspondence with Changing Places was made in reference to our attending an event and was not an opinion on its products and initiatives.

“Welcome Break always gives appropriate due consideration to the provision of facilities whenever there are developments on our sites, and will continue to do so.”

Read the full article online: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/service-station-welcome-break-causes-5992255

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