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Thistle Ward

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 do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Volunteers can be found at the West Entrance reception desk.
  • 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 (Main Visitor Car Park - East Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is located in front of the hospital main entrance.
  • 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 10+ Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 487cm x 480cm (15ft 12in x 15ft 9in).
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 35m (38yd 10in) from the hospital main entrance.
  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 55m (60yd 5in) from the hospital main 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 slopes/ramps.
  • 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 just before the canopy leading to the main entrance.
  • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
  • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.
  • Comments View
    • There is a machine to give change for parking just inside the main entrance.

Getting To (Thistle Ward)

  • Thistle Ward is/are located in Zone 1 on the first floor of the St Andrew's Wing.
  • Access to Thistle Ward is via the main entrance.
  • Enter via the main entrance, proceed to reception and turn right just before you reach the desk. Take the lift to level 1 and Thistle Ward is located in the lobby area of Zone 1.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Thistle Ward.
  • Thistle Ward is approximately 12m from the lift.
  • 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 (Main Entrance - St Andrew's Wing)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the east end of the building, facing the main visitor car park.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • Standard manual wheelchairs are available for people to borrow at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 227cm.
    • 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 227cm.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is closed overnight between 21:00 and 06:00.

Other Floors (St Andrew's Wing - Zone 1)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G,1.
    • The stairs are located through 3 sets of double doors, immediately to the right after the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the Main Entrance - St Andrew's Wing.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Lift (St Andrew's Wing - Zone 1)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the reception desk as you enter.
  • The lift is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the Main Entrance - St Andrew's Wing.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G,1.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 160cm x 140cm (5ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.

Outside Access (Thistle Ward Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in Zone 1 on the first floor of St Andrew's Wing.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • There is an intercom at this entrance.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 145cm (4ft 9in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • The first set of doors are push pad operated.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 36m (39yd 1ft) from the ward 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 sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk/counter.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There are not doors into the waiting room / area.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Chairs with armrests are available.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Information in other languages and formats is available on request.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a television.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • There is not a children's play area.
  • There is space for an assistance dog to rest.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

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.

Opening Times (Visiting Hours)

  • Monday 14:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 14:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 14:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 14:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 14:00 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 14:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 14:00 - 20:00.

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 10 side room(s) available.
  • The area/room/bay surveyed was Bay 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 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • 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.
  • The bed(s) has/have bedside storage.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is electric.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
  • There is not an accessible toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is an accessible toilet for visitors to use outside the ward.
  • There is not a standard toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is a standard toilet for visitors to use outside the ward.
  • There is a bathroom on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are low.
  • A flashing alarm is not available.
  • A vibrating alarm is not available.

Accessible Bathroom

  • Accessible bathroom facilities are available.
  • There is/are 2 accessible bathroom(s) in this ward.
  • 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 pictorial signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is 36m (39yd 1ft) from the ward entrance.
    • 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 394cm x 390cm (12ft 11in x 12ft 10in).
    • 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 120cm (3ft 11in) high.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin height is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap for the wash basin.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • Bath details View
    • There is a bath.
    • The height of the side of the bath from floor level is 65cm (2ft 2in).
    • The height is adjustable.
    • A hoist is available.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a shower over the bath.
    • There are not wall mounted handrails available.
  • Wheel in shower details View
    • There is not a wheel in shower.
  • 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 medium.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located in Zone 1 on the hospital's ground floor corridor.

Standard Toilet(s)

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