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Acute Assessment Unit (AAU)

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NA

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital is located on the A340, Aldermaston Road in Basingstoke. The hospital is signed from the Ring Road.
    • There are five car parks at the hospital which are well signed. There is a main car park located on one side of the site with accessible car parks located at the main entrance, level A entrance, DTC entrance and the Sherborne entrance. There are drop off points located at the main entrance and level A entrance. The accessible bays are well marked with additional signage at windscreen height. Please allow extra time on arrival, as parking is sometimes difficult. Public car parks are barrier controlled and a pay on exit scheme is in operation.
  • By Bus View
    • The Foundation Trust is serviced by regular buses from Basingstoke town centre. There are bus stops located within the hospital campus. There are bus shelters with level access with seating for seven people. An electronic screen informs you of the next six buses departing the stops. The bus routes stopping here are numbers 2,4 and the link service.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is Basingstoke. The station is 1.7 miles from Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.
  • 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 in the main hospital foyer.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 01256 486766.
  • The email address for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is customercare@hhft.nhs.uk.
  • There are volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • Volunteers can be found around the hospital.
  • Documents are available in an alternative format and can be provided to 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.
  • A mobility scooter charging point is not available at the hospital.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs and walking frames.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact the Main Hospital reception.
  • Additional hospital services link (new tab) - click here.

Hospital Parking (Blue Badge Bays)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders only.
    • 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 Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 478cm x 644cm (15ft 8in x 21ft 2in).
    • 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 just outside the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the drop-off point.
  • Paying View
  • 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 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Main Hospital Entrance.

Hospital Parking (Visitor's Car Park)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located to the left side of the Main Hospital building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a/are not Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 0 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop-off point.
  • 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.
    • Payment machines are located at the side of the car park.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • 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 level changes with no dropped kerbs.
    • The hospital entrance is not clearly visible from the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the hospital entrance is clearly signposted.
  • Comments View
    • Free parking is available for the following patients and visitors at all three of our hospitals:
    • Patients attending for chemotherapy.
    • Patients/visitors attending every day after one week of attendance.
    • Outpatients who have been attending for more than two weeks and continue to attend at least twice a week with the same illness or condition.
    • Visitors to patients being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit or the neonatal unit.
    • Visitors to inpatients whose stay in hospital has been more than one week, providing they are visiting every day.
    • Visitors to inpatients whose stay in hospital has been more than two weeks, providing they are visiting at least twice per week.
    • Carers staying overnight with children who are inpatients.
    • Relatives or carers of patients who are receiving end of life care.
    • If you think you are eligible for free parking, please inform the nurse in charge of the patient’s care.

Getting To (Acute Assessment Unit (AAU))

  • Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is/are located on the ground floor, within the emergency department.
  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is via the Emergency Department entrance.
  • Enter via the main hospital entrance, the main reception is located straight ahead. Bear left and continue down the main corridor until you reach the second left. continue to the end of the corridor into the Emergency Department and the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is located on the right.
  • There is step free access to Acute Assessment Unit (AAU).
  • Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is approximately 102m from the main hospital entrance.
  • There is a/are manual, heavy, double door(s) between the main hospital entrance and the department/service.
  • Wayfinding signage is not provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • There is flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • There is 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 at the front of the Main Hospital building.
    • 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.
    • There are bollards outside this entrance.
    • The bollard(s) does/do not have a good colour contrast to prevent them being hazardous to visually impaired people.
    • 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 128cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 1.5cm or below.
    • 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 159cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 1.5cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is on street level and gives access to level B of the Main Hospital.
    • Wheelchairs are not readily available at this entrance.

Opening Times

  • Access is by appointment only.

Entrance (Acute Assessment Unit)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located within the Emergency Department.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed with the name of the service/department.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is no hand sanitiser at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 162cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 156cm.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located straight ahead as you enter the Unit.
    • The reception point is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Acute Assessment Unit 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 not 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 a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the low section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low section of the desk.
    • The counter is not staffed.
    • There is not a bell to attract attention.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate and wood.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
    • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
    • Some tables are permanently fixed.
    • 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.
    • The vending machine controls are not within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • Subtitles are available.
    • Vending machines are 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.

Inside Access

  • There is level access once inside.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Wayfinding signage is not available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl/laminate and wood.
  • 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.

Consultation / Treatment Room

  • There is / are 2 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Consulting Room 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 with a locked extension leaf.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate and wood.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is adjustable.
  • A hoist is not available.
  • 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 no 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

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located in the Accident and Emergency department.

Standard Toilet(s)

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