Louise Watch is a volunteer advocate working hard to raise awareness about the lack of hoists, automated washing/drying toilets, variable height sink/toilets and changing benches in NHS hospital toilets.
Currently, there are NO hospitals in Kent which have a registered Changing Places (CP) toilet. These are toilets with large spaces for assistants, equipment, hoists and changing tables and sometimes showers etc. Lack of toilets for hoist and personal assistant users can be a major barrier to receiving NHS treatment, working in NHS, visiting relatives or volunteering.
Louise is discussing this lack of provision with four hospital trusts including Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and would like to hear about people’s experiences concerning how they manage at hospitals who do not provide these facilities. She is hoping that some may be persuaded to provide these facilities in the future.
If you have any information or have had any experiences, good or bad, concerning this. People can contact Louise directly by email: [email protected] with a short paragraph (and photos if they wish) about their experiences and these will then be compiled and shared with those responsible to encourage equality and patient care/dignity.
Louise has Muscular Dystrophy and is based in Maidstone.