Middlesbrough has a number of purpose-built Changing Places toilets for disabled people. Changing Places toilets are bigger than standard wheelchair accessible toilets, which don't provide changing benches or hoists, and are too small to accommodate a wheelchair user and more than one carer.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, need extra facilities to allow them to use toilets comfortably.
What's in a Changing Places toilet?
A Changing Places toilet is larger than a standard accessible toilet and is equipped with:
- height adjustable changing bench/trolley
- ceiling track hoist
- adequate space for a disabled person and up to two carers
- centrally placed toilet with grab bars
- privacy screen/curtain
- wide paper roll to cover the bench
- slip resistant floor
Further information can be found on the Changing Places website or by calling Middlesbrough Council on 01642 065070.
Changing Places toilets are located at the bus station, Cumberland Resource Centre, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough Sports Village, Myplace (Customs House), Newham Grange Farm, Neptune Centre, the Orchard resource centre, Rainbow Centre, and Stewart Park. Find out more about the facilities available at each venue.
A membership scheme is in operation for the Changing Places toilet at Middlesbrough bus station. Application forms and information packs are available from the Contact Centre by calling 01642 245432. Two forms of ID are required to apply for membership.
Access to the other Changing Places facilities in Middlesbrough is either by RADAR key or through reception staff at the venue.