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22nd November 2022 by KH Digital

Toilet Installation Guidance for Healthcare Facilities

As a washroom system and fittings supplier, Dunhams Washrooms provide their professional insight into toilet installation guidance for healthcare facilities.

NHS England and the Department of Health have provided online information packs regarding their Core Elements Health Building Notes. Their PDF regarding Sanitary Spaces is an important resource when looking to provide washroom and toilet facilities in your health care facility.

Bathroom Guidance for Healthcare Facilities

Bathroom with bidet for semi-ambulant users

Bathrooms with bidets help visitors accomplish the following activities:

  • Undressing and dressing
  • Hanging and holding clothes
  • Use of the toilet
  • Use of the bidet
  • Personal washing
  • Use of the bath

Semi-ambulant bathrooms should contain a bath, semi-ambulant toilet, bidet and ambulant wash-hand basin. Bidets should be fitted with a sensor-operated over-rim supply, and bidets are not considered appropriate for independent wheelchair users due to the difficulty in transferring between the wheelchair, toilet and bidet. Semi-ambulant bathrooms with bidets are also suitable for ambulant users.

Bathroom: assisted

Assisted bathrooms help visitors accomplish the following activities:

  • Undressing and dressing
  • Hanging and holding clothes
  • Wheelchair and sanitary chair access to the toilet and wash-hand basin
  • Mobile hoist access to transfer a patient to the toilet or bath or to attend to a patient collapsed on the floor
  • Patient transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet (supervised only)
  • Use of the toilet
  • Personal washing (whilst seated)
  • Use of the bath

An assisted bathroom should contain an adjustable-height bath, assisted toilet and wheelchair wash-hand basin. Assisted variable height baths are available in a variety of sizes and the bath should be positioned in the centre of the room to provide increased access for users and staff.

Assisted bathrooms are not suitable for independent wheelchair users, and are of limited use for ambulant and semi-ambulant use without due consideration of bath access requirements and the use of an adjustable-height wash-hand basin for standing users.

Bathroom: independent wheelchair

Bathrooms designed for independent wheelchair users help visitors accomplish the following activities:

  • Undressing and dressing
  • Hanging and holding clothes
  • Wheelchair access to the toilet, hand-rinse basin, wash-hand basin and bath
  • Independent transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet or bath
  • Use of the toilet
  • Disposal of sanitary towels (optional)
  • Emptying of urine bottles and colostomy bags
  • Hand-rinsing (whilst in a wheelchair facing the hand-rinse basin or seated on the toilet)
  • Personal washing (whilst seated)
  • Use of the bath

Bathrooms for independent wheelchair use should contain an independent wheelchair toilet and adjacent hand-rinse basin, separate wheelchair wash-hand basin for personal washing and an independent wheelchair bath.

Dunham’s are more than happy to work with you to design and manufacture modern healthcare toilet and bathroom facilities – allowing you and your visitors a hygienic experience. Get in touch with Dunhams Washrooms to discuss our washroom product manufacturing and supply.