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Direct Access Article on Accessibility to Healthcare

We were delighted to be invited to write an article for the Health Estates & Facilities Management Association’s members magazine for October/November on how to make premises accessible. Since Direct Access was established fifteen years ago we have advised hundreds of private and public sector health providers on accessibility for disabled people. Our clients range from local dental clinics and GP surgeries to residential healthcare to large multi-site hospitals delivering front line acute care.

Disabled people can find it difficult to access their local hospitals and health centres – inaccessible medical equipment, poor signage, narrow doorways, internal steps, inadequate bathroom facilities, and inaccessible parking areas create challenges for Health Estate Managers to overcome in creating accessible facilities for all.

One of the best ways to start to understand the barriers that disabled people face is to undertake an access audit and the article explains how this may be achieved.

The link to our article (pages 18/19) in the latest Pulse Hefma magazine is here –

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