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.
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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