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AccessAble and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust launch new Accessibility Guide

East London hospital and community health provider becomes the latest of over 70 NHS Trusts to partner with AccessAble; the UK’s leading provider of detailed disabled-access information.

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has worked with AccessAble to create Detailed Access Guides to facilities, wards, and departments at Homerton University Hospital.

The Guides are 100 per cent facts, figures and photographs to help patients, visitors and staff plan their journeys to and around the hospital, covering everything from parking facilities and hearing loops, to walking distances and accessible toilets.

We know everyone’s accessibility needs are different, which is why having detailed, accurate information is so important. It’s why all of the details you’ll find in the Guide have been checked in person, on site, by trained surveyors.  

Homerton University Hospital reception                                                                                      

Dr Gregory Burke, Founder and Chair of AccessAble, said:

We are delighted to launch this new Accessibility Guide to Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, prioritising accessibility and patient experience, recognising how crucial detailed access information is for disabled patients, visitors and staff.

Our guides provide information people need about accessibility, so they can plan their visit with confidence because they know what to expect. It’s about treating people with dignity.”

Catherine Pelley, Chief Nurse and Director of Governance at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: 

“Personalised care that addresses individual needs is one of our core Trust values, and this starts with everybody being able to come to the hospital and find their way around with ease.

We are really pleased to be able to provide these guides as an information source for the different access needs of our patients, visitors, and staff.

Providing detailed and accurate accessibility information and supporting everyone to access the hospital and its services in a way that meets their individual needs will play a key role in ensuring equal access to healthcare for all our service users.”

A member of Homerton University NHS Foundation Trust’s disabled staff network, ‘Enable’, said:

“Getting around large hospital premises can be quite difficult to navigate even for people who do not identify as having a disability/long-term health condition. From my own experience as a visually impaired person, it can be tough and anxiety-inducing to find where I need to be.

The introduction of an Accessibility Guide is useful for me so I can plan ahead and get a good idea of the layout of a building/site, where facilities such as toilets are and where entrances/exits are situated.

The guides will make life easier and take the stress out of navigating large premises such as hospitals and other NHS sites. The AccessAble guide for Homerton will definitely support me to get to different areas such as HR or OH Works, something I have struggled with in the past.”

Nurses with a medical skeleton

You can view Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Accessibility Guide here:

It is also available via the AccessAble App which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, giving you accessibility information at your fingertips during your hospital visit.

The information to Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will join over 70,000 places already covered across the UK, making a great tool not only for planning a hospital visit, but also a day out or trip away.

For more information about the project, please contact Jack Higgins, Partnerships Manager at AccessAble on 01438 842710 or email [email protected].

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