BRADFORD’S NHS Trusts are being urged to apply for new £2 million funding to support severely disabled people in the district.

The funding - which would be matched by the Trust - from NHS England would be used to create extra Changing Places toilets.

The facilities, for people with serious disabilities, help to support them to go out in public or attend hospital appointments.

They are larger than standard disabled toilets and have extra equipment, such as changing benches and hoists for adults.

Caroline Dinenage, minister for care, said: “I urge NHS Trusts across the country to apply for this funding.

“Severely disabled people and their carers must be reassured that they can access these essential facilities when attending appointments in a hospital, of all places.

“I have met campaigners with personal experience who highlighted just how important Changing Places are for maintaining safety and dignity.

“A quarter of a million disabled people could benefit from this investment so it is vital that NHS Trusts take advance of this funding now to increase accessibility.”

There are less than 40 of these toilets nationally, and NHS England is aiming to build at least 100 more.