Over £500,000 has been given to 10 NHS trusts in England to build new Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people.
Thousands of severely disabled people will benefit from new government funding, which is expected to more than double the number of Changing Places toilets in NHS hospitals across England. Changing Places are toilets with additional equipment for people who are not able to use the toilet independently, including adult-sized changing benches and hoists.
Over £500,000 has been made available to 10 trusts across England today to start work on 16 new facilities, with a further £1.5 million available to bid for. There are currently just over 50 of these facilities on the NHS England estate. With this first share of funding, it is expected that the total number of Changing Places in hospitals will eventually increase to over 100.