Are Doc-M Packs Left or Right Handed?

Are Doc-M Packs Left or Right Handed?

Fitting out a disabled, or ambulant disabled washroom can be a daunting task. Factoring all the variables in the room can be tricky, and when someone throws in the question of left-handed users, it can understandably put you in a spin. 

What is a Doc-M pack?

Before we get into this, you might be wondering what exactly a Doc-M pack is. A Doc M pack is a kit that includes all the components necessary to comply with Document-M of Building Regulations. These measures need to be met in all new build commercial spaces, but many organisations working with older premises use this as a guide for delivering a base level of disabled facilities to their users. 

What’s in a Doc-M pack?

A Doc-M pack usually includes a raised height disabled toilet pan and cistern with lever-operated controls, a wall-mounted washbasin with lever mixer tap controls, five wall-mounted grab rails, and one drop-down lever arm grab rail. When installed correctly, this equipment gives you a washroom that is easy to access for a wide range of disabled and impaired users. However, the drop-down grab rail, which you will have seen in countless disabled washrooms, is only fitted on one side, prompting the common question – Are Doc-M packs handed?

Are Doc-M Packs Left or Right Handed?

Doc-M packs are neither left nor right handed. The handing of a Doc-M pack all comes down the installation of the equipment. The toilet and basin in the room can either be fitted to the left or right, which will then dictate where the rails are installed. A fixed, wall-mounted grab rail is fitted alongside the toilet next to the washbasin, while the lever arm grab rail is installed on the opposite side of the toilet – lifting up and out of the way to allow a clear transfer space for disabled users to manoeuvre out of their wheelchair and onto the toilet pan. 

Left-handed and right-handed users should be able to use a fully fitted Doc-M disabled washroom regardless of installation. Most installers make the decision on the handing of a Doc-M pack based on the space they are working with. Factors include access to mains water and drainage, which way the door needs to be hung, where windows might be present, and what other services are installed within the room. Some disabled washrooms include adult changing tables, hoists and even Doc-M shower packs

If you’d like further advice on planning a disabled or ambulant disabled washroom get in touch with one of the team today on 01202 650900.

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