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Accessible and Public Toilets

When going out and about it is useful to find where the nearest toilets and other facilities are.


How can I find my nearest public toilet?

The Great British Public Toilet Map is a website where you can search for public toilets near in your area. This includes toilets in shops and cafes where they let non-customers use their loo, such as those in Community Toilet Schemes. You can help by adding toilets that you are know about to their website.


Accessible toilets

Changing Places help to locate the nearest accessible toilets to you in the UK. The toilets are designed to accommodate children and adults who require support from at least one carer. They also provide additional space in the changing area which means a disabled person can visit one of these toilets with up to two carers. Screens or curtains are provided in the cubicle which allow the disabled person, and their carer, some privacy. The toilets provide a safe, clean environment and the right equipment including a height-adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

There are now 1154 accessible toilets listed on the Changing Places website in the UK. You can look up a postcode to see where these specific toilets are located, and how to gain access, so you can plan ahead if you are out and about.


Radar Key – National Key Scheme

The Radar National Key Scheme (NKS) offers disabled people independent access to over 9,000 locked public toilets around the country. Toilets fitted with National Key Scheme (NKS) locks can now be found in shopping centres, pubs, cafes, department stores, bus and train stations and many other locations in most parts of the country.

You can purchase an N&C Phlexicare RADAR  Key online from many different retailers of disability products, or you can buy one from Disability North offices in Gosforth.   There is also a regional list to buy a Radar Key, to find out the location of the accessible toilets in your area fitted with the N&C Phlexicare lock. Please visit Disability Rights UK website for more information.


Other Useful Information

Disability North  also sell Radar keys and other items of equipment which you may be useful.

AccessAble is a useful website that tells you more about the accessibility of public venues so you can plan you trip before you set off.

Last updated: November 7, 2018

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