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install a Changing Place

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The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are in the top 10% of best performing Trusts in the UK, however, they do not provide an inclusive service for their most vulnerable patients.

Over 230,000 people in the UK require Changing Places facilities. These people and their families and carers are being denied dignity and basic sanitation every single day by the Newcastle Hospitals trust. 

Without a Changing Place, parents and carers have no choice but to change their loved ones on toilet floors every day, lifting them and potentially causing damage to themselves in the process. The answer to this is simple, install a Changing Place. 

Being able to use a toilet is something we do and should take for granted. This should include those with profound disabilities. Many other people also have similar needs. For example, we know that in the UK the number of people who would benefit from a Changing Places toilet would include approximately:

130,000 older people
30,000 people with cerebral palsy
13,000 people with an acquired brain injury
8,500 people with Multiple Sclerosis
8,000 people with Spin Bifida
500 people with Motor Neurone Disease
This means that almost a quarter of a million people in the UK would benefit from increased numbers of Changing Places toilets.

I am a Learning disability nurse and consider myself an advocate for those who cannot fight for their own rights. Join me in making this world a safer more accessible place and sign this petition and share it with your friends.

Shockingly there is currently only 26 out of 2205 hospitals and health care centres in the UK that have a much needed Changing Place. Let's do something about this.

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