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St Thomas' House

St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7EH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Library and the 24 Hour Student Computing Room on the ground floor, changing rooms in the basement and the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre on the first floor and part of the second.
  • Related link Library Opening Hours.
  • Http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/visiting/hours/index.aspx

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Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the St Thomas' Campus.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is London Waterloo.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Lambeth North.

Parking

  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the front of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 8 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 4.8m x 4m (15ft 8in x 13ft 1in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 19m (21yd) from the main entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 44m (48yd) from the main 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 slopes/ramps.
  • The car park surface is block paving.
  • There is a dropped kerb/non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • The patron does have to cross a road.
  • The road is not generally busy.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • The area at the front of the building can also be used as a drop off point.
  • There is a public car park by the hospital main entrance. .

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 169cm (5ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 124cm (4ft 1in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a library book deposit box located between the two sets of doors at this entrance (shown in photograph 4).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (24 Hour Room Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the far right hand side of the building from the main entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of and beyond the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is used to access the 24 Hour Student Computing Room between 17;30 and 09:30 weekdays and at weekends.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the Ward Simulation room in the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre.
    • There are also Surgery and Home Simulation rooms on the second floor.
    • Photographs 2 and 3 show the 24 Hour Student Computing Room, which is located at the far end of the library, accessed by 2 single, heavy doors, 76cm wide. This room can also be accessed via the 24 Hour Room entrance when the library is closed.

Entrance (Library Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor, next to the main lift.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 124cm (4ft 1in).

Reception (Library Reception)

  • Library Reception is located just inside the library, either side of the turnstiles and gate.
  • The desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the Library entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a self service Borrow, Return and Accounts machine located opposite the desk past the turnstiles and gate (shown in photograph 3)
    • The touch screen controls are 113cm high.

Library

  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include Dragon, Zoom Text, Jaws, TextHelp Read and Write Gold, Inspiration and ABBYY FineReader.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes a Document Magnifier and Video Magnifier.
  • Comments View
    • There are turnstiles, 55cm wide, just inside the entrance to enter and exit the library. A university card is required to enter the library via the turnstile.
    • There is also a gate, 100cm wide, located here which can be used to enter and exit the library. This is opened by reception (photographs 1 and 2).
    • An assistive technology room is available, located to the right past the turnstile and gate. It is accessed by a heavy door, 76cm wide which opens inwards (photograph 6).
    • This room can be booked for registered users.
    • The height adjustable desk is located in the assistive technology room (photograph 7).
    • Please see the link in the introduction for library opening times and additional information.
    • All college libraries have access to the accessible format service, which can convert texts into Braille or other media.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the SaIL Centre.
  • Comments View
    • There is not a landing between floors B-G.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the main entrance, next to the library.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 114cm x 70cm (3ft 9in x 2ft 4in).
  • 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 lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The controls are between 126-150cm high.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.

Level Change (SaIL Centre First Floor to Raised Area)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located next to the Ward Simulation room.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.

Lift (SaIL Bed Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the end of the Ward Simulation room on floor 1.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The lift is 17m (19yd) from main lift.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 116cm (3ft 10in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 220cm (3ft 7in x 7ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • The lift can be used to access the first floor raised area, and is accessed by a moderate ramp in the Ward Simulation room.

Level Change (SaIL Centre Raised Area - Mezzanine)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located at the far end of the raised area.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Lift (SaIL Mezzanine Lift)

  • The lift is located at the far end of the first floor raised area.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 11m (12yd) from bed lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Accessible Toilet (Library)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the Library entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, between the two sets of doors at the Library entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 217cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 1in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 95cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet (SaIL Centre)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the SaIL mezzanine lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the mezzanine level, next to the seminar room.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 157cm x 240cm (5ft 2in x 7ft 10in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located in the basement, off the main corridor.
    • The female toilets are 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located in the basement, next to the main lift.
    • The male toilets are 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • These toilets contain cubicles with doors that open outwards.
    • There is also a unisex toilet on the second floor, next to the main lift and a standard female toilet on the first floor next to lift.

Level Change (Basement Male Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the toilet.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 70cm (2ft 4in).

Standard Changing Room (Locker Rooms)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the basement.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main lift.
  • There is not level access to the standard changing room(s).

Level Change (Locker Rooms)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in the corridor leading to the locker rooms.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 70cm (2ft 4in).

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.