A fully-equipped Changing Places toilet has been installed at Bradford Royal Infirmary in response to a national campaign.
The new facility is situated on Level 1 next to the Physiotherapy Department, close to the hospital’s main entrance.
Head of capital projects and development, Shane Embleton said: “Many disabled people are unable to use standard accessible toilets as they need more space for mobility and assistance.
“This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis who often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
“These needs are met by ‘Changing Places’ toilets, which are larger than standard accessible toilets and designed for dependent use, for example with a carer. They have lots of space and specialised equipment, including a height-adjustable changing bench and a hoist, as well as a shower.
“They are clean and provide a safe environment; they allow people with complex and multiple disabilities to enjoy community life and days out with their family and friends in the same way as everyone else.
“Without these facilities, the alternative is to cut short an outing or change the person in a potentially unhygienic location and undignified fashion.”
Over a quarter of a million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.
As a result the Changing Places Consortium was established in 2005, working to support the rights of people with disabilities.
To access the facilities, users will need a RADAR key. RADAR Keys are made available to people with disabilities from the local council.
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