On Monday 28th October, Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive and Andy Field, Chairman, officially opened the Changing Places Toilet near the main reception with Nathan and his family. This space provides easy access for anyone needing to use the changing area, has a tracking hoist, a sink that moves up and down, a height adjustable changing bench with shower attachment and a privacy screen.
Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs can now be met by our Changing Places Toilets and puts St. Peter’s on the map of changing places toilets in the UK.
Nathan, who has been visiting St. Peter’s hospital for 17 years, came with his parents Peter and Claire to open the facility. His parents were very appreciative of the excellent care our hospital has given their son over the years and the new facility will provide them with a much needed space on their frequent visits to us.
On reflection, Peter said, “We are very grateful to St. Peter’s Hospital in recognising the need and providing such a well-equipped changing places facility. This will make a world of difference to ourselves and I’m sure many others when visiting the hospital for outpatient appointments. We have previously relied on the good will of staff in allowing us to use a bed on the wards for personal care. These new facilities deliver a new level of independence and dignity whilst leaving the health practitioners more time to get on with their vital work”.
Pictured above: Nathan, Peter, and Chairman Andy Field