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ospitals are failing to provide proper facilities for thousands of out-patients and visitors, yet that could be transformed simply by

installing appropriate toilets.

One in 284 people in the UK need a Changing Places toilet. Yet of the UK’s 2300 hospitals, only 8 have the ‘bigger and better’

accessible (disabled) facility. “On average we visit the toilet 8 times a day,” elaborates Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “Out patients and visitors often need to go to the toilet when on hospital premises. For many people, who need the help of a carer, a standard accessible toilet is inappropriate, lacking the space and equipment they need. As a result, they either have to be changed on the toilet floor- a degrading and germ-ridden experience, soil themselves, or go home before being seen. A Changing Places toilet meets their needs, and provides an appropriate, hygienic environment.” To help estates and facilities managers easily understand the need, the requirement and the criteria, Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, has published a white paper: Provision of Changing Places Accessible Toilets in the Healthcare/Hospitals Industry. Available for download from the

company’s website,

the white paper covers the rationale behind a Changing Places toilet, quantifies the need to provide such a facility in healthcare establishments, and covers legislative and ‘good practice’ guidelines. Thus the document covers, in one source, all data to make an informed decision on installation of a Changing Places toilet.

Unlike a conventional accessible (Document M type) toilet, a Changing Places toilet is a minimum 12m2, and has additional equipment of a height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, hoist and privacy screen.

Since the Changing Places concept was developed, over 500 have been installed across the UK, with Clos-o-Mat being the leading supplier. The company is unique in being able to offer, in-house, design advice, supply, install, commissioning and ongoing service/maintenance, backed up by in-house project management of a Changing Places toilet or hygiene room.


NEW MODELS Quest™ and Quazar™ debut with Quiet Mark Award

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irdri, a world leader in hand dryer development, announces the availability of its two new hand dryers, the Quest™ and Quazar™.

These models have been submitted to the UK Noise Abatement Society for Quiet Mark assessment and both have been awarded this international mark of excellence, further demonstrating Airdri’s commitment to the development of quiet hand dryers.

Designed to comply with the standards set out by both the Quiet Mark and the American Disability Act, the Airdri Quazar™ is an ultra-slim dryer with a stunning design. The stylish, wall-mounted hand dryer comes in a variety of cover finishes – black, white, chrome or brushed stainless steel. Its contemporary design will

suit any modern washroom environment, whilst being perfect for facilities limited in space.

The Airdri Quest™ also champions Airdri’s commitment to noise level reduction whilst providing an energy efficient, fast drying experience. This, combined with quick and easy servicing, makes it the perfect choice for high traffic environments.

James Clark, Airdri’s Group Commercial

Director, said: “Airdri is committed to breaking down unnecessary barriers in the washroom. Too often the end user is excluded or intimidated by sound levels, poor design and physical placement of products.The shape, size, power or noise of some dryers can alienate people from using them, which has implications for effective washroom hygiene.


“We are delighted that four of our models now hold the Quiet Mark. Our new models uphold the inclusive qualities identifiable with all Airdri products – reliability, design innovation, energy efficiency and low noise output - ensuring that Airdri can provide a hand dryer to meet the needs of any washroom environment.”

For more information about Airdri’s ‘Q’ Range please call +44 (0)1865 882330, visit the website or email

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