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Observation Unit

Newham University Hospital, Glen Road, Plaistow, London, E13 8SL

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • The main hospital building and the West Wing are on Glen Road, Plaistow. The Gateway Surgical Centre is on Cherry Tree Way, at the end of Glen Road. Glen Road is off the A112 Prince Regent Lane, which connects Stratford to the north and the A13 Newham Way to the south of the hospital.
    • The main pay and display car park with Blue Badge bays is to the east of the hospital, close to the main entrance and St Andrew's Wing. There are also a small number of Blue Badge bays to the west of the hospital, near the West Entrance and the Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department. The Gateway Surgical Centre has its own pay and display car park with Blue Badge bays.
  • By Bus View
    • Buses 276 and 376 travel along Glen Road and have stops close to the west entrance and the main entrance. Bus 276 also stops at the Gateway Surgical Centre. Buses 147, 262, 300 and 473 stop on Prince Regent Lane, close to Glen Road. The nearest stops are outside the Newham Sixth Form College. This is about 250m from the West Entrance to the hospital. All London buses have an automatic ramp and a dedicated space for wheelchair users.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train stations are West Ham and Stratford. Stratford is a major interchange with the underground, overground and DLR networks. There is also a bus station. Service 276 from here connects with the hospital. The nearest DLR (Docklands Light Railway) stations are Prince Regent, Canning Town and West Ham. There is step-free access from train to street at all DLR stations.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest underground station is Plaistow on the District and Hammersmith and City lines. There is no step-free access from platform to street at this station. Other nearby stations which do have step-free access include West Ham (which also serves the Jubilee Line, national rail and DLR) and Canning Town. Canning Town station serves the Jubilee Line and DLR and also has a bus station.
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Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at the hospital.
  • The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is located on the ground floor, in Zone 1 of St Andrew's Wing.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 0207 363 9292.
  • The email address for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is [email protected]
  • There are volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • Volunteers can be found at the West Entrance reception desk.
  • Volunteers do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request and large print on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs, walking frames, mobile hoists, hoist slings, adjustable beds and crutches.
  • Wheelchairs are available from the portering service. Please ask at one of the receptions or in any department. Other mobility aids may be provided by wards or clinics.
  • Additional hospital services link (new tab) - click here.

Parking (West Entrance Blue Badge Parking and Drop Off Point)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located near to the West Entrance and the Emergency Department.
    • 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 5 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 380cm x 620cm (12ft 6in x 20ft 4in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 37m (40yd 1ft) from the West Entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 45m (49yd 8in) from the West Entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile 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 to the right of the Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.
  • Comments View
    • There is no standard public parking on this side of the building.

Getting To (The Observation Unit)

  • The Observation Unit is/are located in the Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department.
  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to the Observation Unit is via the Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department entrance.
  • Enter via the Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department entrance, proceed past reception and follow the corridor to the majors waiting area. The Observation Ward is located straight ahead.
  • There is step free access to the Observation Unit.
  • The Observation Unit is approximately 40m from the Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department entrance.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • There is some 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 (Urgent Care and Emergency Department)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the west end of the building, to the right of the West Entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 182cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 182cm.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is open 24 hours for access to the emergency services only.

Opening Times (Visiting Hours)

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Outside Access (Observation Unit Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the majors area reception.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 154cm (5ft 1in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 14m (15yd 11in) from the unit entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a prescription box.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk/counter.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Wayfinding signage is available.
  • Some pictorial signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl/laminate.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Ward

  • There is level access in the ward.
  • The ward is unisex.
  • The ward is not single sex.
  • There is/are 4 bay(s) available.
  • There is/are 0 side room(s) available.
  • The area/room/bay surveyed was 3.
  • There is a/are door(s) to the area/room/bay.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre around the bed(s)/between beds.
  • The bed(s) is/are adjustable.
  • No bed(s) has/have bedside storage.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is electric.
  • A sling is available.
  • There is not an accessible toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is not a standard toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is a bathroom on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • A flashing alarm is not available.
  • A vibrating alarm is not available.

Accessible Bathroom

  • Accessible bathroom facilities are available.
  • There is/are 4 accessible bathroom(s) in this ward.
  • There is/are 4 accessible bathrooms with wheel in showers.
  • Location and access View
    • It was possible to access the bathroom during the survey.
    • The bathroom is unisex.
    • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no additional signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is located in the bay.
    • There is level access to the accessible bathroom.
  • Features and dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible bathroom.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 312cm x 340cm (10ft 3in x 11ft 2in).
    • The bathroom has a non-slip floor.
    • The bathroom does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the toilet seat.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 113cm (3ft 8in) high.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin height is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • The tap type is sensor.
    • There is not a mixer tap for the wash basin.
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
  • Bath details View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel in shower details View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The shower control type is lever.
    • The shower seat is shower chair.
    • There are handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible bathroom is approximately 10m from the entrance to the bay.
    • Further accessible bathrooms with the same facilities are located in each bay.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located in the corridor outside the majors waiting area.

Standard Toilet(s)

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