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Nepean Hospital patients benefit from new Changing Places facility

Consumer feedback is improving the designs of the $1 billion Nepean Redevelopment. As a result of this feedback, people with high support needs will have a more comfortable experience when visiting Nepean Hospital thanks to a new all-abilities Changing Places toilet facility which will be built in the hospital’s new front of house area.  

A Changing Places toilet facility provides a clean, safe and private place that is large enough for a person with high support needs to go to the bathroom with the assistance of their carer.   

The purpose-built space, which will be built as part of Stage 2 Nepean Hospital Redevelopment, was informed by feedback from people with lived experience, and will feature a height-adjustable adult-sized change table, hoist, centrally-located peninsula toilet, additional circulation space, automatic door and privacy screen.  

Having an all-abilities toilet will reduce the anxiety of an already stressful experience for those with high support needs, their carers and families, as well as elderly community members and people who have been in serious accidents. 

Kevin, who has also been a member of the Penrith Council Access Committee and is currently a member of the Nepean Redevelopment’s Consumer Committee, noticed that previously, people with high-support needs would have to wait until they got home from the hospital to use the bathroom. 

“I don’t think many in the community realised the challenges these people face, but I noticed because I am also a person with a disability,” Kevin said.  

Kevin adds there is an important awareness and education piece to the Changing Places facility.   

“This facility will change lives. Let’s keep the conversation going around why they are needed in more hospitals and see more hospitals around the state follow Nepean’s lead.” 

Construction for Stage 2 of the Nepean Redevelopment is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in 2026.

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