Ipswich Hospital installs Changing Places toilet

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    Ipswich Hospital installs specialist £65,000 toilet for disabled patients

    Ipswich Hospital has become one of just a handful of organisations across Suffolk to install a special type of toilet for patients with profound learning and physical disabilities.

    The Changing Places facility gives people with conditions such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, as well as those with severe spinal injuries, the extra space and equipment they need to ensure their safety and comfort.

    The toilet is located in the Outpatients Department and cost £65,000 to build.

    Mark Finch, capital projects manager with Ipswich Hospital’s estates team, said: “Thousands of people across the UK are unable to use a standard accessible toilet, which is why these Changing Places toilets are so important. They provide much more space for individuals and their carers, as well as vital equipment to help them use the toilet safely and comfortably.”

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    Interesting how Ipswich Star mentions the cost 3 times in the short article – including once in the title/headline. I think it is a positive step for the Ipswich Hospital and £65k is a very little amount to spend to provide what is likely to be a very important key facility for disabled people. The hospital would see significant numbers of people with such disabilities use it over the course of a year – a sound investment.

    Don’t forget SCDC spent £200k on a statue outside their Woodbridge HQ – Drummer Boy. As did the UCS “Question Mark” at the Waterfront. At the time a councillor said it would have been better spent on toilets.

    A generic photo of a Changing Places accessible toilet:
    Changing places toilet

    Each Changing Places toilet provides:

    The right equipment
    – a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
    – a tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible.

    Enough space
    – adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
    – a centrally placed toilet with room either side
    – a screen or curtain to allow some privacy.

    A safe and clean environment
    – wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
    – a large waste bin for disposable pads
    – a non-slip floor.

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