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Medical Assessment Unit

Chorley & South Ribble Hospital, Preston Road, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1PP

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Medical Assessment Unit is located on Level 3 of the hospital.
    • It is accesible via the main hospital entrance.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Chorley.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Chorley.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 10+ Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 300cm x 450cm (9ft 10in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main hospital entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main hospital 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located at the front of the entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.

Parking Charges Update from the Trust - July 2017

  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced changes to public car parking charges.
  • Parking remains free for Blue Badge holders until further notice whilst additional pay & display ticket machines are installed, after which the same charges will apply to all car park users including Blue Badge holders.
  • The aim of the national Blue Badge scheme is to support disabled drivers to park close to their destination. Mobility benefits include a component for travel and transport, and disabled drivers in receipt of welfare benefits may be eligible to claim back the cost of hospital parking from the Healthcare Travel Cost Scheme.
  • Details of the new charges:
  • Up to 30 minutes FREE
  • Up to 1 hour 2.50
  • Up to 2 hours £3.50
  • Up to 4 hours £5.50
  • Up to 6 hours £6.00
  • Up to 8 hours £8.00
  • More than 8 hours £10.00
  • The same charges apply to both blue badge holders and other car park users at the majority of hospital trusts in the region.
  • Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS):
  • If you are referred to us for NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor, dentist or other health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS).
  • Free parking is also provided for cancer patients, renal patients, parents/guardians of neonatal patients, intensive care visitors, and families of long stay patients. Exemption letters can be provided by ward managers and will be required when exiting the car parks. Dialysis patients can obtain a temporary car parking permit from the Dialysis Unit, allowing parking in the designated car park spaces allocated specifically for dialysis patients.
  • Discounted seven day tickets are available to patients and visitors for £10. Information about discounted tickets is displayed at the pay stations and tickets can be purchased from the General Office at both hospitals.
  • Drop off points are available on both hospital sites and are clearly signposted.
  • General Office hours are 09.00 – 16.30, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
  • If you have a query or need advice about parking options and charges please contact :
  • General Office, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital 01257 245661
  • Carparking Office, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital: 01257 245999
  • General Office, Royal Preston Hospital 01772 522528
  • Carparking Office, Royal Preston Hospital 01772 523166.

Outside Access (Main Hospital 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 automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 197cm (6ft 6in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 197cm (6ft 6in) wide.

Level Change (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3.
    • The stairs are located off the main corridor.
    • The stairs are approximately 14m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the main hospital corridor.
  • The lift is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the main hospital entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 180cm x 270cm (5ft 11in x 8ft 10in).
  • 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 have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Outside Access (Unit Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the Level 3 corridor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • 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.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 2m (2yd 7in) from the unit entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk/counter.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Wayfinding signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl/laminate.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 14m (15yd) from the unit entrance .
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There are doors into the waiting room / area.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 84 cm wide.
  • The type of flooring is wood.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a television.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • There is not a children's play area.
  • There is space for an assistance dog to rest.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Ward

  • There is level access to the ward.
  • The ward is unisex.
  • There are 6 bays available.
  • There are 5 side rooms available.
  • The area / room / bay surveyed was G.P. Lounge 1.
  • The area / room / bay is 4m (13ft 1in) from the unit entrance .
  • There are doors to the bay / side room.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 145cm (4ft 9in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre between beds.
  • All beds are adjustable.
  • No beds have bedside storage.
  • Bedside services available are television, telephone, radio, internet, text messaging, games and hospital information.
  • These services are chargeable.
  • There is an accessible toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is a standard toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is a bathroom on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Monday 18:00 - 19:30.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 18:00 - 19:30.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 18:00 - 19:30.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 18:00 - 19:30.
    • Friday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 18:00 - 19:30.
    • Saturday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday 18:00 - 19:30.
    • Sunday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Sunday 18:00 - 19:30.

Accessible Shower (Male)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located on the corridor.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a shower chair.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is an identical female shower to the rear of the corridor.

Accessible Toilet (Female)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear of the corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the unit entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • This is a female only toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 80cm (5ft 11in x 2ft 7in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are open waste paper bin 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 the right.
    • 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 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 123cm.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar male toilet available in the corridor.
    • The male toilet has transfer space on the right.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info Health

  • Disability awareness / equality training can be provided for hospital staff.
  • Disability awareness training are provided for staff.
  • The most commonly produced documents could be provided in other formats.
  • Documents in Braille, large print, audio, different languages and voice recognition CD format can be requested.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in most areas of the hospital.
  • Areas with a high risk from infection, such as intensive care and wards should be contacted in advance before accessing with assistance dogs.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Switchboard staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Help with luggage is generally available for inpatients.
  • The mobility aids available include mobile hoists, wheelchairs, tri wheel walkers, shower chairs, commodes, walking sticks, walking frames, hoist slings, adjustable beds and crutches.
  • There is not a charge for mobility aids.
  • Children are welcomed at the venue.
  • Portable hearing loops can be provided on request.
  • A mobility scooter charging point is not available at the venue.