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Maternity Ward

Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9HT

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Maternity Ward is located on the first floor of the Sharoe Green Unit.
    • It is accessible via the Sharoe Green Unit main entrance.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Preston.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Preston.

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 is located at the front of the building.
    • 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 340cm x 500cm (11ft 2in x 16ft 5in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 58m (63yd 1ft) 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • 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 venue.
    • 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

  • Comments View
    • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced changes to public car parking charges, effective from 1 July 2017.
    • Charges are also being introduced for 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
    • Car Parking Office, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital: 01257 245999
    • General Office, Royal Preston Hospital 01772 522528
    • Car Parking Office, Royal Preston Hospital 01772 523166.
  • Comments View
    • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced changes to public car parking charges, effective from 1 July 2017.
    • Charges are also being introduced for 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
    • Car parking Office, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital: 01257 245999
    • General Office, Royal Preston Hospital 01772 522528
    • Car parking Office, Royal Preston Hospital 01772 523166.

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) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in).

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 easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located on the left on entering the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 7m 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 within the main foyer.
  • The lift is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2.
  • 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 150cm x 260cm (4ft 11in x 8ft 6in).
  • 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 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 on the Sharoe Green Unit first floor corridor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • There is an intercom at this entrance.
  • The intercom is 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 168cm (5ft 6in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • 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.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Wayfinding signage is available.
  • No Braille signage is available.
  • No tactile signage is available.
  • No pictorial signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl/laminate.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Ward

  • There is level access in the ward.
  • The ward is female.
  • The ward is single sex.
  • There is/are 10 bay(s) available.
  • There is/are 11 side room(s) available.
  • The area/room/bay surveyed was Bay 1.
  • There is a/are door(s) to the area/room/bay.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre around the bed(s)/between beds.
  • The bed(s) is/are adjustable.
  • Bedside services available include; televisions, telephones, radios, the internet, text messaging, games and hospital information.
  • These services are chargeable.
  • A hoist is available.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are accessible en-suite facilities available within each side room and bay area.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 12:00 - 20:00..
    • Tuesday 12:00 - 20:00..
    • Wednesday 12:00 - 20:00..
    • Thursday 12:00 - 20:00..
    • Friday 12:00 - 20:00..
    • Saturday 12:00 - 20:00..
    • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00..

Consultation / Treatment Room

  • There is / are 1 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Treatment Room.
  • The consultation / treatment room is approximately 10m from the unit entrance.
  • 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 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is not a bed / couch.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Bathroom

  • Accessible bathroom facilities are available.
  • Location and access View
    • The bathroom is female.
    • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written or text signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the unit entrance.
    • There is level access to the accessible bathroom.
  • Features and dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible bathroom.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the door is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 320cm x 420cm (10ft 6in x 13ft 9in).
    • The bathroom has a non-slip floor.
    • The bathroom does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the toilet seat.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • 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 towel dispenser is 130cm (4ft 3in) high.
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin height is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap for the wash basin.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • Bath details View
    • There is a bath.
    • The height of the side of the bath from floor level is 60cm (1ft 12in).
    • The height is adjustable.
    • A hoist is available.
    • The tap type is push.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a shower over the bath.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The shower control type is push.
    • There are not wall mounted handrails available.
  • 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 grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar accessible bathrooms available throughout the ward.
    • Standard bathrooms and washrooms are also available throughout the ward.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the accessible toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available include; an accessible toilet.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ward corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the unit 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 inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is light.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 230cm x 180cm (7ft 7in x 5ft 11in).
    • 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 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • 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 lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 44cm (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 130cm (4ft 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 cannot 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 dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Visitors)

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.