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Early Pregnancy Unit & Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research & Urgent Gynaecology Clinic

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 (Early Pregnancy Unit)

  • The Early Pregnancy Unit is/are located on the third floor of the hospital.
  • Access to the Early Pregnancy Unit is via the main hospital entrance.
  • Enter via the main hospital entrance and follow the corridor around, through the double doors and bear right to the lifts. Take the lift to the third floor and on exiting turn left and then right and down the corridor. The entrance to the Early Pregnancy Unit is directly ahead.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to the Early Pregnancy Unit.
  • The Early Pregnancy Unit is approximately 62m from the Early Pregnancy Unit.
  • 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.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:15 - 18:15.
  • Tuesday 08:15 - 18:15.
  • Wednesday 08:15 - 18:15.
  • Thursday 08:15 - 18:15.
  • Friday 08:15 - 18:15.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 13:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 13:00.

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.

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.

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.

Department / Service

  • Department / Service Access View
    • The Early Pregnancy Unit is located on the third floor of the hospital.
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the department/service.
    • 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 160cm.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 121cm (3ft 12in).
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • There is level access throughout the department/service.
    • There is 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 medium.
  • Department / Service Facilities View
    • This department/service has; a main reception, a waiting room/area, a sub waiting area, consultation rooms and standard toilet facilities.
    • There are 1 Scan, 1 Quiet, 4 Assessment/clinical consultation/treatment rooms in this department/service.
    • A hearing assistance system is not available in the department/service.
    • A mobile hoist is not available on the department/service.
  • Comments View
    • This department also contains Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research and Urgent Gynaecology Clinic.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the right of the main corridor.
    • The reception point is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the 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 no 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 not a hearing assistance system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are provided in the reception area.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is not a waiting area close to the reception point.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is approximately 4m from the entrance.
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There is not a/are not door(s) into the waiting room / area.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is a space for a wheelchair user to wait within the seating area.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The waiting room / area does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the waiting room / area.
  • There is a television.
  • Subtitles are available.
  • 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 space for an assistance dog to rest within the seating area.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Clinical 1)

  • There is / are 1 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Clinical 1.
  • There is level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is not a bed / couch.
  • A hoist can be brought in from another department.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • There are some chairs with armrests available.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Scan 1)

  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Scan 1.
  • There is level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 119cm (3ft 11in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is adjustable.
  • A hoist can be brought in from another department.
  • There is sufficient space next to the bed/couch for a mobile hoist to operate.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • There are some chairs with armrests available.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (Location of nearest Accessible Toilet)

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located off the corridor to the left.
  • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the entrance.
  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
  • An ambulant toilet with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

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