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Dining Room

Birmingham Women's Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TG

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
      • From the South

        From the M6 take the exit towards A38(M) to Birmingham Central, continue for 1.9 miles, then take Wellington Rd and Edgbaston Park Rd to Mindelsohn Way.
        Stay on the Aston Express Way/A38 in the right lanes follow A38 for about 9 miles. Then turn right then left onto Spring Road. Then turn right onto Wellington Road for 0.5 miles then continue straight onto Sir Harrys Road.
        Continue onto Priory Road, then at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Church Rd/B4217.
        After 0.1 miles turn left onto Edgbaston Park Road, turn right onto Somerset Road, then turn left onto Farquhar Road.
        At the next roundabout, continue straight onto Vincent Drive, then turn right onto Mindelsohn Way. The Hospital will be on right.

      • From the North

      • From the M5 leave at Junction 1, continue on A4252 for 19 minutes (5.7 miles).
        At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Kenrick Way/A4252.
        Go straight then at the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Telford Way/A4252.
        Follow the road until the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tollhouse Way/A457.
        Follow road then at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Grove Lane/A457. Then the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Dudley Road/A457.
        Then turn right onto Rotton Park Rd/B4129.
        Follow the road then turn right onto City Rd/A4040 and then turn left onto Rotton Park Rd/B4129.
        Turn left onto Portland Rd/B4125 then turn right onto Rotton Park Rd/B4129 Continue until you turn left onto Somerset Rd.
        At the roundabout, then take the 1st exit and stay on Somerset Rd.
        At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Pritchatts Rd then the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Vincent Drive.
        Then turn right onto Mindelsohn Way, the Hospital will be on the left.
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    • The car parking is open air, tarmac surface, with no barriers and is located to the front of the building.
      Public could use the nearest multi-storey car parks around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital if this is full, these have charges separate to the Women's Hospital.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest Bus Stop is and is Metchley Park Road and serve by nxbus.
      Services to this stop are 10H, 10S, 27 and 19. This is off site and approx. 400 metres away on public footpaths.
    • There is not an onsite bus stop.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Train Station is University, it is served by cross-country trains and London midland.
      The station is a 6 minute walk on public footpaths over 500 meters away or a 5 minute taxi ride.
  • Useful Links View

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 near the main entrance reception desk.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 0121 335 8226.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in an alternative format and can be provided to include: Braille on request, large print, Makaton on request, different languages on request, voice recognition CD on request and audio on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • No hospital staff receive deaf awareness training.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available on request.
  • 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 and crutches.

Hospital Parking

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located in front of the main hospital entrance.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 9 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 570cm x 590cm (18ft 8in x 19ft 4in).
    • There is a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is a designated drop-off point.
    • The drop-off point is located to the front left of the main hospital entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop-off point.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the hospital car park.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the payment machines in the car park and throughout the car park.
    • Payment signs do not make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is not a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • To see the hospital parking charges please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to the Hospital View
    • 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 hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main hospital entrance.

Getting To (The Dining Room)

  • The Dining Room is/are located on the lower ground floor of the hospital building.
  • Access to the Dining Room is via the main hospital entrance.
  • Enter via the main hospital entrance and proceed past the main hospital reception desk on the left, follow the corridor around the corner and into the main hospital central corridor. Turn right past the patient information desk and take the lifts on the right to the lower ground floor. On exiting turn right along the corridor and the entrance to the Dining room is located on the left.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to the Dining Room.
  • The Dining Room is approximately 25m from the lifts.
  • There is a/are manual, heavy, double door(s) between the main hospital entrance and the department/service.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hospital Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the front left of the main hospital building.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not 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.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a hand sanitiser.
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 158cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm.

Other Floors (Main Stairway)

  • Stairs View
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor of the building are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Lift (Main Lifts)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ground floor main hospital near the help desk.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 36m (39yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is fair.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 118cm (3ft 10in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 220cm (4ft 7in x 7ft 3in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Opening Times (Dining Room)

  • Monday 07:30 - 11:30.
  • Monday 12:15 - 14:30.
  • Monday 15:00 - 16:45.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 11:30.
  • Tuesday 12:15 - 14:30.
  • Tuesday 15:00 - 16:45.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 11:30.
  • Wednesday 12:15 - 14:30.
  • Wednesday 15:00 - 16:45.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 11:30.
  • Thursday 12:15 - 14:30.
  • Thursday 15:00 - 16:45.
  • Friday 07:30 - 11:30.
  • Friday 12:15 - 14:30.
  • Friday 15:00 - 16:45.
  • Saturday 07:30 - 14:00.
  • Sunday 07:30 - 14:00.

Entrance (Dining Room)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the lower ground floor of the hospital.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed with the name of the service/department.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 132cm (4ft 4in).
    • There is a door release button when exiting.
    • The height of the door release button is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 145cm.
  • Comments View
    • Although the doors are automatic they are usually set to remain open during serving times.

Inside Access (Dining Room)

  • There is level access once inside.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Counter

  • The Dining Room Counter is located at the rear of the dining room on the lower ground floor of the hospital.
  • The counter is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Dining Room entrance.
  • Clear signage for the counter is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to the counter.
  • The lighting levels at the counter are medium.
  • The height of the 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 not a hearing assistance system.

Eating and Drinking (Dining Room)

  • The following information is for the restaurant.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Dining Room entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • There is not ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and drinks.

Accessible Toilet (Nearest Accessible Toilet Location)

  • Location and Access View
    • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located on the ground floor of the hospital opposite the Patient Information desk and lifts.

Standard Toilet(s) (Nearest Standard Toilet Location)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest standard toilet is located on the ground floor of the hospital opposite the Patient Information desk and lifts.

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