A written question submitted by the Scottish Conservatives at the beginning of this year showed that NHS Borders has no Changing Place Toilets (CPTs) in its hospitals.
CPTs are disabled friendly facilities which are catered to those with mobility issues. Research from the Scottish Conservatives showed that across Scotland there are only 17 CPTs and only half of Scotland’s health boards have any.
NHS Borders is one of seven health boards across the country which has no CPTs on site. Almost half of CPTs in Scotland are available in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Grampian.
South of Scotland MSP and former nurse Michelle Ballantyne has raised concerns over the lack of facilities and has called on the Health Secretary to take action.
Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:
“Changing Places toilets are a necessity for those with disabilities, and right now our health service in the Borders does not have appropriate facilities for them.
“Some people with disabilities will be visiting our hospitals on a regular basis. We need to make sure that our hospitals are properly equipped.
“I welcome the work that my colleague, Miles Briggs has undertaken in NHS Lothian to campaign for CPTs. The Scottish conservatives will continue to fight for more CPT’s in Scottish hospitals to help disabled patients.
“I intend to write to the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, to ask whether she will consider bringing in CPTs in NHS Borders.”