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Changing places
10 April 2017

Estates capital projects manager Mark Finch and nurse Vicky Lloyd inspect the new facilities.

Ipswich Hospital is offering safe, comfortable facilities for people with profound learning and physical disabilities after becoming one of just a handful of organisations from across Suffolk to install a special type of toilet.

The Changing Places toilet gives people with multiple learning and physical disabilities, such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, the extra space and equipment they need to ensure their safety and comfort.

Available centrally in the Outpatients Department, where it is also easily accessible to people using the out-of-hours GP service, it includes a hoist, adult-sized changing table and shower, along with space for both the individual and their carer.

The toilet, which cost £65,000 to install, is the first at the hospital and one of only a handful currently available across the county.

Mark Finch, capital projects manager with the 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.

“The Changing Places website lists all of the toilets which are currently available, which is really important as it helps carers to plan their journeys while offering reassurance that the right facilities will be available to meet the needs of the person they are looking after.”

For more information about Changing Places, visit www.changing-places.org/Default.aspx