Fully accessible toilet facility opened at hospital
A fully accessible toilet facility for staff, patients and visitors with complex disabilities is now open on-site at ROH.
The facility is equipped with a hoist, adult-sized height adjustable changing table, sink and toilet, along with space for both the individual and a carer. It is much larger than a conventional disabled toilet.
Over ¼ million people in the UK with a disability need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
(Above: The facility features a hoist and adult-sized height adjustable changing table)
Gina Powers and her family were invited to officially open the facility. Gina campaigned for it to be installed in the hospital after struggling to find somewhere to accommodate her son’s needs.
Executive Director of Strategy & Delivery Professor Phil Begg said: “The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is committed to ensuring equality of access for all of our patients, and the addition of this facility is as important to us as it is to our patients and their carers. We are delighted that Gina has advised and been a partner in the design of this new facility.
"We hope Luke is happy with the outcome and that he will enjoy the enhanced privacy and dignity this will ensure. Designing this with our patients and carers has been an absolute privilege."
The toilet is located in the Outpatients Department, to the right of the main entrance to the hospital and is accessible Monday – Sunday 7:00 – 20:00.
(Above: Executive Director of Strategy & Delivery Professor. Phil Begg with Gina Powers, her son Luke, and members of the Estates Team)