Medway Park in Gillingham now has a new accessible toilet for people with profound and multiple disabilities and others with personal care needs.
In line with recommendations from the Changing Places campaign, led by disability charity Mencap, the new amenity includes a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist system and space for a disabled person and up to two carers.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, others with personal care needs and their carers.
In addition to this the toilets also cater for people with serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury.
Medway’s first Changing Places facility opened as part of the Rochester Community Hub building in Eastgate in October of last year.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr David Brake said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the first class leisure, sports and fitness facilities that Medway Park has to offer, and so we’ve worked hard to ensure it meets the needs of those with personal care needs and multiple disabilities as well as their carers. We will now continue with plans to install a further four Changing Places facilities in community centres around Medway.”
The Changing Places facility at Medway Park is open from Monday to Friday – 6.30am until 10.30pm, Saturday – 7.30am – 7.30pm, Sunday 7.30am – 10.30pm. For bank holidays and Christmas opening times call Medway Park on 01634 336655 or visit http://www.medwaypark.org.uk
For further information on Changing Places visit http://www.changing-places.org

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