Community equipment provider Millbrook Healthcare has become the latest mobility firm to have installed and registered a Changing Places facility at one of its sites.
The registration of the facility at company’s Kent service centre means that disabled people are able to locate it and use it.
Changing Places toilets offer more space and equipment than standard disabled toilets and include things like ceiling hoists, specialist WCs and adjustable changing benches.
Annette Cairns, Director of Wheelchair Services for Millbrook Healthcare, said: “Being able to offer our facilities to the general public is fantastic and I’m really pleased to be able to do this for the residents of Kent and those who are visiting the area.
“Being able to find adequate facilities shouldn’t be an issue and it’s thanks to Changing Places that we’re able to let everyone know that our facilities are open to those who need extra support.”
Nic Bungay, Director of Campaigns, Care and Information for Muscular Dystrophy UK, which co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium, said: “Muscular Dystrophy UK and the Changing Places Consortium are delighted that Millbrook Healthcare has registered facilities in Ashford and Gillingham.
“We hope that others, not only in Kent but across the UK, will follow its lead and commit to installing Changing Places toilets.
“The Changing Places Consortium campaigns for fully-accessible toilets for people with severe disabilities, who need extra equipment and space to use toilets safely and with dignity.
“Without access to Changing Places toilets, over a quarter of a million people who have severe disabilities are faced with a choice of not going out or being changed on a toilet floor, and these are not reasonable options.
“By building more Changing Places toilets, we can tackle the exclusion many disabled people face.”