Disabled people can travel around Scotland’s Highlands and Islands more easily, courtesy of Closomat Changing Places toilet installed at Inverness Airport.
Owner and operator of the facility, Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL), has put the Changing Places assisted accessible toilet by the arrivals exit; supplied and installed by Closomat, the facility means anyone travelling through, or by, the airport, can address intimate hygiene in an appropriate environment if needed.
Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport general manager, said this new facility demonstrates its commitment to ‘constant improvement’, making the airport as comfortable as possible for passengers.
“By strategically locating the Changing Places by the arrivals exit, it means passengers using the Airport can benefit from it, but also, anyone who is travelling through the Highlands can access the toilet facilities.
“Closomat’s team was really helpful in covering all the considerations necessary to execute a successful, compliant installation.”
The Changing Places toilet provides more space and more equipment than conventional wheelchair accessible toilets.
This Changing Places features all the key standard fixtures; peninsular WC, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, ceiling track hoist, with a height adjustable washbasin, in a room at 12 metres squared.
Therefore, anyone who requires help with their intimate hygiene or has continence issues can address them in an appropriate environment.
Fiona Harper, spokesperson for Changing Places in Scotland, PAMIS, commented: “PAMIS is delighted that Inverness Airport has installed a changing places toilet for travellers.
“This move will reduce one of the barriers that prevent people with disabilities, their families and carers, from travelling and will hopefully encourage other travel hubs to follow suite.”
Under Building Regulations and British Standards, a Changing Places should be provided in facilities whereby considerable numbers of the public have access, and/or spend a length of time.
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