Only 60% of supermarket chains have a changing places toilet, data shows

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Changing Places toilets are only available at six out of ten supermarket chains across the UK, Muscular Dystrophy UK have found.

This statistic is in addition to less than 0.1% of overall retailers offering the facility.

As part of a news release, Changing Places insisted that although some retailers like IKEA and Tesco have committed to installing Changing Places toilets at more of their stores, it is unacceptable that the majority of supermarkets still do not have a single registered Changing Places toilet to meet the needs of their customers.

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The Muscular Dystrophy UK data showed the top 10 supermarket chains and listed them in order of the number of registered changing places. (see featured image).

Kerry Thompson, from Milton Keynes, worked with Tesco on its project to install Changing Places toilets.

She said: “I’ve been on days out where I’ve just had one or two sips of water all day because there haven’t been any Changing Places toilets. Standard accessible toilets just aren’t good enough. When you have a powerchair, or two carers with you, only a Changing Places will do.”

Jo Elgarf’s five-year-old daughter Nora has a rare brain condition called polymicrogyria and needs Changing Places toilets.

Jo, from Worcester Park, London, has two other children – Nora’s twin, Layla, and Youssef, seven.

Commenting on the state of the changing places situation in the UK, she said: “Changing Places toilets mean we can enjoy a day out as a family. If there are no Changing Places, it’s not just Nora who is affected – her brother and sister are, too.”

Adding: “Changing Places toilets in supermarkets and other large public venues should be the norm. They allow families to do things that other people may take for granted. For us, it means we’re able to make the 400-mile round trip to Cornwall to visit Nora’s grandmother, because there is now a Changing Places toilet in a Tesco store on the way.”

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