Changing Places facility installed at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Changing PlacesChanging Places hope to achieve 1,000 installations soon. Image: Clos-o-mat installed facility

A new Changing Places facility has been installed at Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

The adapted bathroom (not pictured) was officially opened by the hospital’s chief executive, Steve McManus, alongside staff and patients.

The bathroom is wheelchair accessible, has ample room for multiple carers, has an adjustable adult changing bench and a fixed ceiling track hoist.

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The new bathroom facility, located on the ground level of the hospital, has been registered on the Changing Places Consortium list of facilities in the UK and is open to all patients.

There are now more than 900 Changing Places facilities in the UK and campaigners are pushing for them to be installed at more places around the country.

At present, most bathrooms are clustered around major cities and in the South of England but many people believe more needs to be done to install Changing Places in the North, where there is a higher percentage of disabled people.

Earlier this year, the Government was urged by an advisory body to make Changing Places compulsory in large public buildings and it is predicted that more of the facilities will be sought and installed as pressure is placed onto policy makers. 

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