Create disabled toilet & changing facilities @ all Outpatients
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As so many others, am a mum of a child with special needs. This not only means we require a wheelchair buggy to get from A to B but also includes the need for nappies/pads and the regular changing of these.
Having recently attended an outpatient appointment at Stoke Mandeville Hospital/Mandeville Wing, it was sad to experience the seemingly 'normal' situation of neglecting a basic human right: The right to use a toilet or changing facility for every human being, in a way that is dignified, hygienic and accessible.
Currently your super modern hospital Outpatients wing (Mandeville Wing) which was built in 2010 does not offer a disabled friendly changing facility for children or adults, this means patients or their carers either need to hunt around for a nurse to kindly free a treatment room to use it for changing or the toilet floors need to be utilised. Both these options only work if the person needing a change can still be lifted by their carer or step out of their wheelchair themselves.
I am launching this petition in the hope that all mums/dads/family members/carers and people with special needs will sign it to show you, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, that there is not one or two of us who require such facility - but many more! This is in the hope that it will get you thinking, talking and deciding to create a place that allows for suitable changing facilities that include an adult sized changing bench as well as ceiling hoist in all your Outpatient areas. This should be part of serving the wider community and a required feature for any NHS hospital or other public place in the UK.
Dear Reader, please could you sign and share this petition, especially in the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire and London areas. Thank you for your support!
For those who get inspired by this: You are welcome to launch a similar petition for YOUR LOCAL hospital.
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