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Preston Birth Centre

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

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Introduction

  • The Sharoe Green Unit is located to the rear of the hospital.
  • It is accessible via its own main entrance and all other major entrances.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 receiving regular treatment, renal patients, parents/guardians of children, 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 £30. 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.
  • Pay stations take both bank cards and cash.
  • 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
  • General Office, Royal Preston Hospital 01772 522528
  • Car Parking Office, Royal Preston email [email protected]

Opening Times (Visiting Times)

  • Monday 19:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 19:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 19:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 19:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 19:00 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 19:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 19:00 - 20:00.

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.

Outside Access (Unit Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the hospital corridor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 162cm (5ft 4in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 162cm (5ft 4in).

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.

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.

Outside Access (Ward Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor of the Sharoe Green Unit.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • 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 180cm (5ft 11in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the ward 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 bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the birthing room.
  • Motorised scooters are not allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • 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.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is approximately 7m from the unit entrance.
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • 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.
  • All chairs are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs have armrests.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The waiting room / area does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a television.
  • Vending machines are not 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 bright.

Consultation / Treatment Room

  • There is / are 6 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Rydel.
  • The consultation / treatment room is approximately 8m 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The type of flooring is carpet and vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is adjustable.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • There are no chairs with armrests available.
  • The room does have background music playing.
  • Lighting levels are adjustable.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located within all the birth suites.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head.
  • The height of the seat is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • Other facilities available are grab rails.
  • There is level access to the services from the 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 pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located past reception, to the left.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main 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 locking handle.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 240cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 10in).
    • The accessible toilet does 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 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • 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 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 clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the cubicle.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 not 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 soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.
    • 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 dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are also accessible toilets in all the birthing rooms.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info Health

  • Staff are Text Relay aware.