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Primrose Ward

Whipps Cross University Hospital, Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 1NR

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • Whipps Cross University Hospital is located in Leytonstone in the East End of London. The main entrance to the hospital is on Whipps Cross Road (the A114) between the Whipps Cross roundabout and the Green Man roundabout. This is the best entrance for car parks 1 and 2. There is also an entrance off James Lane which is the best entrance for car parks 3 and 4.
    • The hospital has 4 main car parks: - Car Park 1 for Hospital Main Entrance, Main Building, Chest Clinic and MRI - Car Park 2 for Hospital Main Entrance, Main Building, Eye Treatment Centre and Plane Tree Centre - Car Park 3 for Maternity, Antenatal, and Outpatients - Car Park 4 for the Emergency and Urgent Care Centre (A&E) department. There are Blue Badge bays in all car parks and additional ones near Outpatients. There are also short stay drop-off/ pick-up only points near to A&E, Maternity and the Byron unit.
  • By Bus View
    • Buses W12, W15, W19, 357 stop within the hospital grounds. There are stops near the Hospital Main Entrance and also near Outpatients/ Maternity. Buses 257, 56, and 230 also stop near the hospital grounds at the Whipps Cross roundabout (around 200m to the Hospital Main Entrance.).
  • By Train View
    • Wood Street or Walthamstow Central stations are the nearest rail stations. Wood Street and Walthamstow Central are on the Great Anglia Train line from Liverpool Street to Chingford. From Wood Street station, take the bus 230 from Stop: D towards Wood Green Station. From Walthamstow Central, take the bus W19 from Stop: B in the Bus Station towards Ilford.
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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 off the main corridor in the Red Zone, between junctions 4 and 5.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 020 8535 6438.
  • 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 Hospital Main Entrance Reception and in the Outpatients Building.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request, large print on request and different languages on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • A mobility scooter charging point is not available at the hospital.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact Hospital Main Building Reception.
  • The hospital volunteers operate a buggy service to drive patients with mobility difficulties between the Hospital Main Building, Outpatients and other buildings in the hospital site. The buggy can carry patients and their folded wheelchair or other mobility aids. Staff at any department or reception can contact the volunteer service. Porters can also be called to assist patients who are unable to transfer out of their own wheelchair or who require a hospital wheelchair.

Parking (Outpatients Blue Badge Bays)

  • 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 Outpatients entrance.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
  • There is/are 7 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 300cm x 400cm (9ft 10in x 13ft 1in).
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Outpatients entrance.
  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 24m (26yd 9in) from the Outpatients 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 road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
  • The road is generally quiet.
  • 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 entrance.
  • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
  • There is tactile paving on the dropped kerb.

Getting To (Primrose Ward)

  • Primrose Ward is/are located on the first floor of the Outpatients building.
  • Access to Primrose Ward is via the Outpatients entrance.
  • From the Outpatients entrance, cross the entrance foyer, following the blue path in the flooring. Pass the reception desk on the right and Go through the double doors (held open) on the far side then turn right through the next set of doors. There is a volunteers' help point in this area and in the same location on the first floor. The lift and stairs are on the right. Take the lift to the first floor then turn right as you exit the lift. Go ahead along this corridor, past Theatres 5-8 and then Rowan Ward. Primrose Ward will be the next entrance on the left.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Primrose Ward.
  • Primrose Ward is approximately 65m from the lift.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.

Outside Access (Outpatients Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located facing the Outpatients Building Car Park.
    • The entrance area/door is not 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 not/do not 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 142cm.
    • 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 150cm.
  • 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.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G,1,2.
    • The stairs are located next to the lift lobby area.
    • The stairs are approximately 40m from the Outpatients entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right from the corridor at the rear of the foyer.
  • The lift is approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the Outpatients entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G,1,2.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 166cm x 330cm (5ft 5in x 10ft 10in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The controls are higher than 120cm.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Ward (Primrose Ward)

  • Ward Information View
    • This is a/an Inpatient - Male surgical ward.
    • This is a male ward.
    • There is/are 4 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 2 side room(s) available.
    • There is/are 28 bed(s) on this ward in total.
  • Ward Access View
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the ward.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 165cm (5ft 5in).
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a door release button when exiting.
    • The height of the door release button is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is level access throughout the ward.
    • There is clear signage on the ward.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is some flooring on the ward which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Reception/Nurses' Station View
    • The height of the Nurses' Station desk is 110cm.
    • There is not a lowered section.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available at the desk.
  • Relatives' Room View
    • There is not a relatives' room for the ward.
  • Ward Features and Patient Facilities View
    • A hearing assistance system is not available on the ward.
    • The ward does not play background music.
    • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
    • A mobile hoist is available on the ward.
  • Visitor Facilities View
    • There are no accessible toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Accessible toilet facilities for visitors are located ground floor of the Outpatients building, off the entrance foyer.
    • There are no standard toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Standard toilet facilities for visitors are located ground floor of the Outpatients building, off the entrance foyer.
  • Visiting Times View
    • Visiting times are 14.30-19.00.

Accessible Bathroom (Ward Corridor)

  • Accessible bathroom facilities are available.
  • There is/are 5 accessible bathroom(s) in this ward.
  • There is/are 5 accessible bathrooms with wheel in showers.
  • Location and access View
    • It was possible to access the bathroom during the survey.
    • The bathroom is male.
    • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written or text signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is 17m (18yd 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 295cm x 200cm (9ft 8in x 6ft 7in).
    • The bathroom has a non-slip floor.
    • The bathroom does not 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 grab rails are not available for the toilet.
    • 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 145cm (4ft 9in) 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 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap for the wash basin.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • 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.
    • There is a flip-down/tip-up seat for the shower.
    • The flip-down or fixed seat height is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There are handrails available for the shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The bathroom is located to your left at the end of the corridor after you enter.
    • The toilet is 44cm high.
    • There is a bidet to the left of the toilet which prevents a sideways transfer.
    • A shower chair is available as an alternative to the flip down seat.

Accessible Bathroom (En Suite - Bay 4)

  • Accessible bathroom facilities are available.
  • Location and access View
    • The bathroom is male.
    • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written or text signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is 19m (20yd 2ft) 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the door is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 265cm x 130cm (8ft 8in x 4ft 3in).
    • The bathroom has a non-slip floor.
    • The bathroom does not 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 grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • 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 146cm (4ft 9in) 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 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap for the wash basin.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • 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 head height is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • The shower control type is twist/turn.
    • There is a flip-down/tip-up seat for the shower.
    • The flip-down or fixed seat height is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There are handrails available for the shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The height of the toilet seat is 46cm.
    • There are similar bathrooms in the other bays.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • The nearest accessible toilet for visitors is on the ground floor of the Outpatients building, off the entrance foyer.

Standard Toilet(s)

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