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14 December 2017

Nottingham University Hospitals

After listening to feedback from patients and the public, Nottingham University Hospitals have officially opened Changing Places toilets at both at the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospitals. This has been achieved as a result of a multi-disciplinary approach and lots of hard work and dedication, from initial Patient Partnership Group suggestions and joint working, with the Trust's capital team turning ideas into reality.
The Changing Places consortium also provided NUH with valuable advice and support in the development of the facilities. Patient Partnership Group Chair Trish Cargill was amongst the patient representatives who made the initial approaches to the Trust.
Trish (right of photo) has a disabled son, Chris, who suffers from multiple conditions including Cerebral Palsy, so she knows first-hand the value of having properly sized and equipped changing facilities. She said: "It's great to see these facilities open and being used, especially as the Patient Partnership Group played such an active role in driving this forward. I have a son with disabilities so of course this will be of use personally but we know from the other people with disabilities and their carers we have spoken to that this facility will be of benefit to many. What's so pleasing is that the Trust listened to the thoughts and concerns of people whose lives are affected by disabilities and not only agreed that these facilities were needed, but made them happen."
Changing Places Consortium member Martin Jackaman (left of photo), added: "Whilst it's fantastic that people have access to better and more modern treatment methods than ever before, there are also many people with complex day-to-day needs. It's fantastic so many people came together to make this happen." The QMC Changing Places toilet is close to the main reception on B Floor and is signposted from there. At City campus it is located on the West Corridor. The official sponsor of the Changing Places campaign is Aveso Ltd.  Aveso hope that its support for the campaign will help it achieve its target of 1000 registered Changing Places toilets within the next three years.


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