All change at new hospital

Changing Places users Angela Kay and son Dylan Kay with Gail Robertson, Lead Nurse for the new hospital project.
Changing Places users Angela Kay and son Dylan Kay with Gail Robertson, Lead Nurse for the new hospital project.

Most parents and carers of a disabled adult will realise and acknowledge the woeful shortage of suitable toilet and changing facilities.

But that’s all starting to change, and Dumfries and Galloway are leading the fight for inclusiveness for all, as well as the basic right for suitable facilities.

The new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has been designed with accessibility in mind. With guidance from Scottish charity PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society), who support people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families, it has installed a fully accessible Changing Places toilet with a hoist, tracking system, additional space for two carers and a wheelchair in addition to an adult changing bench.

The toilet at the hospital is now the fourth of its kind in the region.

Gail Robertson, Lead Nurse for the new hospital project, said: “We are delighted to have a Changing Places toilet facility. We realise it is a necessity for patients and visitors who are coming to the hospital to have easy access to such a facility, and also for the general public travelling in the region.

“NHS Dumfries and Galloway welcome anyone requiring such a facility to make use of it.”

The facility is situated in the main atrium just beyond the welcome desk. NHS staff and volunteers will help direct users, who will be required to bring their own towel and sling.