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Audiology

Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • Head west on Talgarth Road/A4. Keep left to continue on Talgarth Road for 0.2 miles. Use any lane and turn slightly left onto Talgarth Road/A219/A315. Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left onto Fulham Palace. Continue for 0.3 miles and Charing Cross Hospital is located on the left. When possible, we strongly encourage you to use public transport to travel to and from Charing Cross Hospital. If you decide to travel by car, please plan your journey in advance. We have a small number of car parking spaces. There is also a pick-up and drop-off point directly outside the hospital’s main entrance which patients and visitors can use.
    • Parking costs £2.40 per hour. Please ensure you have enough change to pay for and display your ticket in the windscreen of your vehicle. There are 25 disabled parking spaces on site which are free for Blue Badge holders. When using a disabled parking bay, please make sure you display a valid blue badge in the windscreen of your vehicle.
  • By Bus View
    • Please use the Transport for London bus map to help you find your way to hospital.
    • There is an onsite bus stop.
    • The nearest bus stop is located just outside the hospital site on Fulham Palace Road. Bus numbers 190, 211 , 220 , 295, N11 and N97 stop here.
    • The bus stop located on Fulham Palace Road is sheltered with four fixed benches. There is no designated wheelchair space.
  • By Train View
    • Kensington Olympia overground railway station is approximately a 22 minute walk from the hospital.
  • By Underground View
    • Baron’s Court, situated in Zone two on the Piccadilly line, is the closest underground station to Charing Cross Hospital. It is approximately a nine minute walk from the hospital. Hammersmith underground station, which is situated in Zone Two on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, District and Piccadilly lines, is approximately a 10 minute walk or five minute bus ride from the hospital. West Kensington underground station, which is situated in Zone Two on the District line, is approximately a 15 minute walk from the hospital.
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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 of the Tower Block.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 020 3313 0088.
  • 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 main reception.
  • Volunteers do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in an alternative format and can be provided to include: Braille on request, large print on request, Makaton on request and different languages on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • 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.
  • A mobility scooter charging point is not available at the hospital.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs.

Hospital Parking (Main Entrance Tower Block)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located at the front of the hospital site.
    • 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 10 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 350cm x 471cm (11ft 6in x 15ft 5in).
    • There is not 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 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 throughout the car park.
    • Payment signs do 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 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the Main Entrance.

Getting To (Audiology)

  • Audiology is/are located on the first floor within Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients.
  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to Audiology is via the Main Entrance.
  • Enter via the Main Entrance, bear left and continue down the main corridor. Take lifts 1-4 located straight ahead to the first floor. Exit the lifts turn left and proceed down the corridor. Audiology is located on the left within Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Audiology.
  • Audiology is approximately 21m from the lifts.
  • There is a/are manual, heavy, double door(s) between the Main Entrance and the department/service.
  • Wayfinding signage is 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 Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the hospital.
    • 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 not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • Standard manual wheelchairs are available for people to borrow at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm.
    • 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.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Other Floors (Main Tower)

  • 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,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15.
    • 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 not 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.
  • Escalators View
    • Escalators can be used to access other floors.
    • Signs indicating the location of the escalators are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by escalator are G,1.
    • The escalators steps are not clearly marked.
    • The foot and head of the escalators are not clearly marked.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Lift (Main Tower)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located straight head as you enter the Main Entrance at the end of the foyer.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 38m (41yd 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,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15.
  • 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 not 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 good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 122cm (4ft).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 163cm x 144cm (5ft 4in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is 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 a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Opening Times

  • Access is by appointment only.

Entrance (Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor on the South Wing.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed with the name of the service/department.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • 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) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the right on entering Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients.
    • The reception point is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients entrance.
    • Clear signage for the reception area/desk is not 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 a hearing assistance system.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are not provided in the reception area.
  • 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.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
    • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
    • No 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 not a television.
    • 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.

Inside Access

  • There is level access once inside.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Wayfinding signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl/laminate.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Booth 1)

  • There is / are 3 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Booth 1.
  • There is not level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • Booth 1
  • There is a/are door(s) into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The type of flooring is carpet.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is not a bed / couch.
  • A hoist is not available.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • There are some chairs with armrests available.
  • All 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.

Level Change (Booth 1)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located just in front of the booth.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is portable.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are medium.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Booth 2)

  • There is / are 3 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Booth 2.
  • 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 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The type of flooring is carpet.
  • There is not room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is not a bed / couch.
  • A hoist is not available.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • All chairs have armrests available.
  • No 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.

Level Change (Booth 2)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Accessible Toilet

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest standard toilet is located in Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients.

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