Changing Place Toilets still not in NHS Lothian hospitals
Today is Changing Places Awareness day.
A Written Answer from earlier this year asked by Miles Briggs MSP, has revealed that there are no Changing Place Toilets (CPTs) in NHS Lothian.
This is despite NHS Lothian having the second highest amount of admissions last year 228,144 after NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 546,093 who have 4 CPT toilets across their health board.
Scotland has a total of 17 CP toilets across all NHS regional boards.
CP toilets are toilets that have enough space for a disabled person when they are not in their wheel chair and one or two carers.
They have an adult seized height adjustable bench, a hoist, a centrally placed toilet, privacy screen and a non-slip floor.
CP toilets allow for people with complex disabilities who need assistance, to not be laid on unhygienic floors or become trapped in their own homes.
Research carried out by the Scottish Government has shown that there are 20,000 potential CP toilet users in Scotland (CPT Research Report 2012, p.5).
This is based on figures from the Hogg Report (2009) that 0.38 of the population of Scotland require the use of CP toilets (CPT Research Report 2012, p.5).
With Lothian having an estimated population of 858,090 this would mean that 3,260 within the NHS Lothian region require use of a CPT toilet.
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:
“I am very disappointed that there are still no Changing Places Toilet across the whole of NHS Lothian.
“The CPT toilets are essential for people with complex needs to allow them to get on with their day to day lives.
“There are people with complex needs being treated by NHS Lothian everyday who do not have access to appropriate toilets.
“I will be raising this issue again with SNP Ministers and asking what actions they will be taking to ensure these facilities are available across NHS Lothian.”