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Portsmouth’s QA hospital has no disabled changing facilities?!

Today we went to QA hospital in Portsmouth for Grace’s routine eye appointment. She needed a change and I was told I could “use a room in the peds department”. I was thinking “oh, great…a changing room!” Uh…not exactly. When I went over, I was told “those rooms over there are free.” What I ended up with was my nearly 5 year old kid on a baby changing area which (as you can see) she didn’t fit on. Of course, I just laughed. And remembered that before I had a disabled kid, the need for this would have never crossed my mind.

So upon further questioning, it seems that this HOSPITAL (let me repeat….HOSPITAL) doesn’t have any changing facilities for the disabled. Nada. Here, it says that QA is “fully accessible for people with disabilities.” Unless, of course, they happen to exercise their bodily functions.

Someday, Grace is going to be my size. And it’s hard enough already. Most places don’t have disabled changing facilities. So we have to find floors or places where we can deal with it. That’s understandable for TGI Fridays or McDonalds but a hospital?!

Sort it out, people! This isn’t acceptable. Grace and all the disabled people visiting the QA hospital deserve dignity in their already very difficult situations.

P.S. QA, If I’m mistaken and you do have disabled changing facilities, then you should let your staff know. I (and everyone sharing this post) eagerly await your wonderfully positive response.

P.P.S. You can email them to join the campaign to get this changed at

Carole Jones - September 9, 2013 - 9:35 am

This has to be a PRIORITY for the HOSPITAL to get something done ASAP..difficult for all concerned x.

Sue Dales - September 9, 2013 - 9:58 am

I think that Gracie is going to be a pioneer on this issue Steve. Have you thought about emailing South Today and get their lovely presenter Sally Taylor in on it.

Jeanne Emerson - September 9, 2013 - 10:38 am

A lot of hospitals don’t have changing facilities for disabled children/adults, they only have baby changIng areas or disabled toilets which does not have a changing bed in them.

Paula Cristina Ferreira - September 9, 2013 - 11:02 am

Unfortunately this is a general problem in many public places…too many I think. Also happens a lot here in Portugal. How I understand you.

Paula Lackore Rule - September 9, 2013 - 3:52 pm

I encountered this problem for my daughter everywhere we went. If we went to an amusement park, we had to go to their nurses station and use a gurney (which was actually ok). Most of the time, though, it was changing her on a mat thrown on the floor of our van….. a task that became very diffiult for me to do when she reached 100 pounds….. It IS an issue that most disability advocacy groups don’t think about. They mostly think about doors and ramps…. there is so much more, isn’t there?

Alicia Jade Potts - September 9, 2013 - 5:08 pm

when my daughter got admitted for a few days, her allergies (egg, wheat, gluten, ) wasn’t catered for. they sent a 20 month old (with respiratory problems) a SALAD! with a huge chunk of meat and a serving of salad cream which contained EGG! I ended up getting her some mash and cheese from the canteen which I had to pay for and brought her own foods from home in the following day. it seems being a hospital where people go to for appointments yet they cant cater for individual needs?

Jamie Marie Frost - September 10, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Its wrong its time for change! and not be, for time , its wrong in this day and age that a basic needs is not being met, were all entitled to that at least abled body, d or not….

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