Did you know that as an ostomate you are entitled to use accessible toilets?
The National Key Scheme (NKS), previously known as the Royal Association for Disability Rights (RADAR) Scheme, was developed because some public toilets designed for disabled people had to be locked to prevent damage and misuse. This has been countered by their being locked separately from other toilets. The scheme aims to provide disabled key holders with independent access to the toilets provided for them and increases the likelihood of the facilities being in a usable state.
In addition to public conveniences, toilets for disabled people are provided by a wide range of other public, voluntary and commercial organisations who have joined the scheme, and facilities can now be found in shopping centres, country parks, railway and bus stations, bars, motorway service areas and sports venues. Some local councils will provide this key free, or for a small charge.
Colostomates are entitled to a key which will open 9,000+ locked toilets around the UK. Keys can be obtained at a cost of £3.50 from the Colostomy Association (Head Office). To ensure that we comply with the National Key Scheme rules, we require you to complete a declaration form to confirm that you are eligible for a key prior to issue, if you would like to know more, please phone: 0118 939 1537.
Individuals living with a stoma also can access over 750 Changing Places toilets located across the UK. The Colostomy Association is partnered with the Changing Places campaign to ensure there are more toilets nationally that meet the needs of ostomates.
Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of the variety of disabilities and conditions for people that may require them. Changing Places toilets encompass a variety of conditions including the needs of individuals living with a stoma. All Changing Places toilets have a shelf for changing ostomy supplies as well as a sanitary bin to dispose of them.
To find the nearest Changing Places toilet near you, visit the Changing Places website.
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