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MRI Department

Ashford Hospital, London Road, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3AA

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COVID-19 Information (Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust)

Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • Ashford Hospital is located near Heathrow Airport and is approximately 3 miles away from Junction 13 of the M25. From Junction 13 follow the A30 east until you reach a roundabout from where the hospital is signposted.
    • The hospital has a couple of onsite car parks all of which are chargeable including for Blue Badge holders. However, there are free 20 minute pickup and drop off points at the front of the hospital. The hospital also offers a number of concessions as well as a scheme for eligible patients to claim back their parking and travel costs. Parking charges are as follows: First 20 minutes Free for drop off Up to 2 hours £3.50 2 to 3 hours £4.00 3 to 4 hours £5.00 4 to 5 hours £6.00 5 to 6 hours £7.00 6 to 24 hours £8.00 Up to one week £20.00 For Blue Badge holders who may find it easier to pre-purchase parking tickets, we now offer the facility for you to purchase up to six 2 hour tickets in advance, at £3.50 each. You can do this through our Travel Plan Office at St Peter’s Hospital or from the Cashier’s Office at Ashford Hospital. For those with mobility issues who find it difficult to reach our clinics or wards, our porters can be pre-booked to help you on arrival. Please call 01932 722036 two days in advance and one of our team will make sure they are on hand to greet you when you arrive. Parking concessions We recognise that for some patients visiting our hospitals regularly car parking costs can be a burden. We therefore offer the following concessions which are applicable at both of our hospital sites: Frequent visitors Weekly parking permit - £20.00 Patients attending Haematology/Oncology Day units Free for period of treatment Patients attending long term cardiac rehabilitation clinics Free for period of treatment Parents attending our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s Hospital Three weekly permit - £20.00.
  • By Bus View
    • There are regular bus services operating to Ashford Hospital from Heathrow Airport, Hounslow and other surrounding areas. There is also a hopper shuttle bus which runs between Ashford and St Peters hospital sites, on Monday to Friday only, and is freely available to all staff, patients and visitors. Wheelchairs, baby buggies, pushchairs and walking frames cannot be accepted on the hopper bus due to the limited capacity of the vehicles and no secure storage available on the vehicles.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train stations to the hospital are in Ashford (approximately 1.6km away) or Staines (approximately 3.2km away). Both stations are on the main bus routes.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • Documents are available in an alternative format and can be provided to include: Braille on request and large print on request.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There is/are 11 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 380cm x 500cm (12ft 6in x 16ft 5in).
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 45m (49yd 8in) from the main entrance.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
  • The car park surface is block paving.
  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • There is a designated drop off point.
  • The drop off point is located in front of the main entrance.

Getting To (MRI Department)

  • The MRI Department is/are located on the ground floor of the Clinical Block.
  • Access to the MRI Department is via the main entrance.
  • Enter via the main entrance and proceed past reception through the automatic double doors into the lift lobby.
    From the lift lobby, turn right and follow the corridor through four sets of open double doors.
    Turn right at the end of the corridor and the entrance to the MRI Department is located directly ahead.
  • There is step free access to the MRI Department.
  • The MRI Department is approximately 100m from the main entrance.
  • There are resting areas along the route.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • There is flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 186cm (6ft 1in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 186cm (6ft 1in).

Opening Times

  • Access is by appointment only.

Department / Service

  • Department / Service Access View
    • The MRI Unit is located on the ground floor.
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the department/service.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 154cm (5ft 1in).
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • There is ramped/sloped access along the main corridor.
    • There is no clear signage on the department/service.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is some flooring in the department/service which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The department/service does not play background music.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Department / Service Facilities View
    • This department/service has; a main reception, a treatment room and standard toilet facilities.
    • There are 2 consultation/treatment rooms in this department/service.
    • A hearing assistance system is available.
    • The type of system is a portable loop.
    • Staff are not trained to use the system.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 12/01/2022.
    • The hearing assistance system was not working at the time of testing.
    • A mobile hoist is not available on the department/service.
    • There are not accessible toilet facilities within the department/service.
    • Accessible toilet facilities are located in the Tennyson Unit.
    • There are standard toilet facilities within this department/service.

Level Change (Department Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located at the threshold of the entrance to the department.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
  • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the threshold of the entrance to the department.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the left as you enter the department.
    • The reception point is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the department entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are windows, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is not a bell to attract attention.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The type of system is a portable loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
    • Staff are not trained to use the hearing assistance system.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 12/01/2022.
    • The hearing assistance system was not working at the time of testing.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are not provided in the reception area.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is not sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
    • There is a mixture of seating with and without armrests.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • The waiting room / area does not have background music playing.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the waiting room / area.
    • There is not a television.
    • Vending machines are not available.
    • A water dispenser is available.
    • There is not a play area or toys/books for a child to play with.
    • There is not space for an assistance dog to rest within the seating area.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Changing Cubicle / Room

  • The changing cubicle/room is located ahead as you enter and along the corridor on the left.
  • The changing cubicle/room is 6m from the waiting room/area.
  • There is step-free access to the changing cubicle/room.
  • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) for the room is/are not push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) may be difficult for some to open.
  • The width of the door opening is 87cm.
  • The type of flooring in the room is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is not sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the cubicle/room.
  • There are chairs without armrests.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s) available.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s) 180cm from the floor.
  • There is a functional emergency alarm in the cubicle/room.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located ahead as you enter and to the left.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the department entrance.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the internal toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The toilet seats have a good colour contrast.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The wall fixed soap dispenser is located above and to the right of the basin.
    • Lighting levels are good.

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