£2m boost to install 'Changing Places' toilets in NHS hospitals

Campaign makes hospital toilets more accessible

Only 20% of hospitals in England have fully-accessible toilets

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a £2m fund to create at least 100 ‘Changing Places’ assisted accessible toilets in NHS hospitals throughout England.

Supplier and installer, Closomat will be instrumental in delivering these facilities, offering complete project management services.

Commenting on the funding, Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, said: “People with disabilities and their carers rightly expect to find suitable facilities in hospitals of all places.”

Closomat’s Construction design and management (CDM) compliance and project co-ordinator, Claire Haymes, added: “Disabled people make up more than a third of patients who access NHS services; and they also access those services more than able people.

“Many of them need the extra space and equipment provided by a Changing Places, but which are not available in conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets.

“Yet only about 20% of hospitals in England have Changing Places toilets.

“The whole point of a Changing Places toilet is to enable someone who needs help to go to the toilet to do so with the appropriate space and equipment.”