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Royal Blackburn Hospital - Darwin Ward

Haslingden Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 3HH

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Pendleview is located on the Royal Blackburn Hospital site. Blackburn is easily reached by car from the M65 in the East and the West.
    • Pendleview has its own car park at the front of the building with three Blue Badge bays. There is further standard and Blue Badge parking within the hospital grounds.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest public bus stop is on Haslingden Road.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is Blackburn which is approximately 1.8km away.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille, large print and different languages.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow to aid transferring around the building.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • Home visits services are available.

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The venue does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located outside the main 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 3 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 405cm x 315cm (13ft 3in x 10ft 4in).
    • There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • The dimensions of other designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are additional car parks for staff and visitors.
    • There is further parking in the main Royal Blackburn Hospital car park. There are parking charges in this car park.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the car park.
  • Access from the Car Park 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 entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac and paving slabs.
    • There is no tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the car park and the entrance.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

Bus Stop(s) and Drop-off Point(s)

Outside Access

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the 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.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
    • 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 heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There is a third set of doors in the reception area to enter the main building.
    • The doors are double and heavy.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The intercom is 160cm high.

Opening hours

  • Visitors are asked to avoid meal times, which are 12-1pm and 5-6pm.
  • Last visitor entry is 8pm.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not 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 LG, G, 1.
    • 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 not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • Not all of the stairways have hand rails on both sides.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite the main reception area.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are not clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) 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 1, 2.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • 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.
  • Lighting levels are at least 100 lux at floor level in the lift lobby.
  • 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 poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 200cm (3ft 3in x 6ft 7in).
  • 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.

Getting To

  • The Darwin Ward is/are located on Level 1.
  • Access to the Darwin Ward is via the main building entrance.
  • Enter via the main entrance into the reception area and proceed through the double doors. Take the lifts directly ahead to Level 1. On exiting continue through the door on the right and follow the corridor to the ward entrance.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Darwin Ward.
  • Darwin Ward is approximately 20m from the main entrance.
  • There is a/are manual, heavy, double door(s) between the lift 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.

Ward

  • Ward Information View
    • This is a/an mental health ward.
    • This is a male ward.
    • There is/are 0 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 19 side room(s) available.
    • There is/are 19 bed(s) on this ward in total.
  • Ward Access View
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the ward.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • There is not an intercom/bell at/near this ward entrance which is in a suitable position for people who require access or assistance (between 95cm - 105cm).
    • The hand sanitiser is in a suitable position for wheelchair users.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is level access throughout the ward.
    • There is clear signage on the ward.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is some flooring on the ward which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Relatives' Room View
    • There is a relatives' room for the ward.
    • The width of the door opening into the relatives' room is over 75cm.
    • There is a clear turning space in the relatives' room.
    • There is a/are chair(s) with armrests available within the relatives' room.
  • Ward Features and Patient Facilities View
    • A hearing assistance system is not available on the ward.
    • The ward does not play background music.
    • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
    • A mobile hoist is not available on the ward.
  • Visitor Facilities View
    • There are no accessible toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • There are no standard toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Standard toilet facilities for visitors are located in the corridor outside the ward.
  • Comments View
    • The intercom is 145cm from floor level.
    • We were unable to survey a side room on the day of the visit.
    • There are no accessible toilet facilities in the building.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is approximately 3m from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • Level access is by lift.
  • 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.

Dining Room

  • The door to the dining room is single with a locked extension.
  • The door opens towards you (pull).
  • The door is 88cm wide and is heavy.
  • The height of the tables is 70cm.
  • The flooring is vinyl.

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