Changing Places Toilets for Healthcare facilities
Changing Places toilets are vital within healthcare environments to cater for patients with a variety of different needs who are using hospital facilities. Fully accessible toilets are now a legal requirement in hospitals for new builds and major refurbishments.
Special Considerations / Legislation:
Legislative Requirements Jan 2021
Under the Government’s new Changing Places rules, which came into force in January 2021, hospitals and primary care centres may be required to install a Changing Places toilet. Download the changes to the Building Regulations
Stringent Hygiene Standards
Due to risk of infection, hygiene is an important consideration when installing a Changing Places facility in a Hospital.
Hospitals may have anti-ligature requirements in place in order to protect vulnerable patients and/or children from risk of harm. In this circumstance, it is essential in the design process to eliminate points where a cord, rope or strap can be used to create a point of ligature.
Additional Storage for medical equipment
An additional storage unit for medical equipment (inc. bandages, first aid box etc.) may be necessary within a Changing Places toilet, as patients using the facility could require medical attention. Aveso are able to cater for these individual requirements within our design process.
The Business Case:
The total inclusive tourism market is worth over £12bn1. Research shows businesses can potentially benefit from longer stays and more spend from the group where a member of the party has a disability. Providing Changing Places not only allow Changing Places users to enjoy the services available but also offer a new or enhanced stream of revenue to Theme Parks and Attractions.
1 – Great Britain Tourism Survey 2015.