Despite approximately 30% of NHS users being classed as disabled, hospitals are the second most inaccessible buildings for disabled people in the UK.
One in 284 people in the UK require a Changing Places toilet, yet of our 2,300 hospitals, not even 1% have such facilities in place – even though they are now included in ‘best practice’ Department of Health building guidelines (Health Building Notes 00-02 sanitary spaces).
Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager elaborates: “On average we visit the toilet every couple of hours or so. Out-patients and visitors therefore often need to go to the toilet when on hospital premises.
For many people, who need the help of a carer, a standard accessible toilet is inappropriate, lacking the space and equipment they need, or potentially unsafe. A Changing Places toilet meets their needs, and provides an appropriate, hygienic and safe environment.”
Clos-o-Mat has published a white paper to help facilities managers understand the needs and requirements of disabled people when specifying accessible toilets in the healthcare industry.
Available to download from the Clos-o-Mat website, the white paper covers the rationale behind a Changing Places toilet and covers legislative and ‘good practice’ guidelines.
Over 840 Changing Places toilets have now been installed across the UK. Changing Places toilets are a minimum 12m2 in size and feature a height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, hoist and privacy screen.
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