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Ward A6 and Surgical Assessment Unit

Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 9LT

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • The hospital is located in South Manchester and has motorway links from the M60 and M56. From the North & West: exit M60 at junction 5 (A5103 / M56), exit A5103 at A560. From the South: exit M56 at junction 3a (A560). From the East: exit M60 at junction 4 (M56), exit M56 at junction 2. If you are using a sat nav, enter postcode M23 9LT.
    • There are 5 car parks for the hospital accessed via Southmoor Road. The Main Car Park is opposite the Acute Block or Purple Zone by the Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3. The other car parks are the Nightingale Car Park, the Outpatients car park for Entrance 5, the Cardiac car park for Entrances 6 and 7 and the Paediatrics car park is for Entrance 10. The car park for the Maternity wing is accessed of Floats Road and is for Entrance 13. Parking for Blue Badge Holders is Free. There are pay stations in the following areas: Outpatients Department - Entrance 5, Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3, Nightingale Centre (located inside entrance to the building), Maternity - Entrance 13 and New Cardio - Entrance 7.
  • By Bus View
    • There are several services which run to the hospital and stop outside the Outpatients Department Entrance 5. They are 11,19,102,179,278 and 368.
  • By Train View
    • The most convenient train station is Manchester Airport Train Station which is approximately 3.6 miles from the hospital. There are several bus and taxi services to get you to the hospital from this station.
  • By Tram View
    • The nearest tram stop to the hospital is Roundthorne and is a 10-15 minute walk to the hospital. It is tram number 6 on the F Line.
  • Useful Links View

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at the hospital.
  • The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is located to the right as you enter through Outpatients - Entrance 5.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 0161 291 5600.
  • The email address for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is [email protected]
  • There are volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • Volunteers can be found at the major entrances and throughout the buildings.
  • Volunteers do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in an alternative format and can be provided to include: Braille on request, large print on request and different languages on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • Hospital staff receive deaf awareness training.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located on the green areas around the car parks.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available on request.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • A mobility scooter charging point is not available at the hospital.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs and adjustable beds.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact any of the reception areas or a member of staff.

Hospital Parking (Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3 Accessible Parking)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders only.
    • The car park is located to the front of the Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3.
    • 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 clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 280cm x 475cm (9ft 2in x 15ft 7in).
    • 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.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop-off point.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the hospital car park.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the payment machines in the hospital building.
    • Payment signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located in the main car park.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • To see the hospital parking charges please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to the Hospital 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 cobbles.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 62m (67yd 2ft) from the Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3.
  • Comments View
    • Concession Tickets are available from security in the Main Outpatients Entrance 5 lobby. There are pay stations in the following areas: Outpatients Department - Entrance 5, Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3, Nightingale Centre (located inside entrance to the building), Maternity - Entrance 13, New Cardio - Entrance 7 and in every car park.

Hospital Parking (Main Car Park for Entrances 1,2,3)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located at the front of the hospital.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does have a barrier control system.
    • The barrier controls/touchscreen can be reached from the car.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 360cm x 475cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 7in).
    • There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop-off point.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the hospital car park.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the entrance to the car park and at the payment machines in the hospital building.
    • Payment signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located at the pedestrian exit of the car park to the Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • To see the hospital parking charges please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to the Hospital 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the Entrance 2.
  • Comments View
    • Concession Tickets are available from security in the Main Outpatients Entrance 5 lobby. There are pay stations in the following areas: Outpatients Department - Entrance 5, Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3, Nightingale Centre (located inside entrance to the building), Maternity - Entrance 13, New Cardio - Entrance 7 and in every car park.

Getting To (Ward A6 and Surgical Assessment Unit)

  • Ward A6 and Surgical Assessment Unit is/are located on Level one of the Purple Zone.
  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to Ward A6 and Surgical Assessment Unit is via the Main Hospital Entrance -Entrance 3.
  • Enter via the Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3 and go past the Information Desk. Bear left down the corridor and the lifts are located on the left. Take the lifts to Level one. Exit the lift and left down the corridor. The entrance to Ward A6 and Surgical Assessment Unit is located on the right.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Ward A6 and Surgical Assessment Unit.
  • Ward A6 and Surgical Assessment Unit is approximately 72m from the lifts 29-30.
  • There is a/are manual, heavy, double door(s) between the lifts 29-30 and the department/service.
  • Wayfinding signage is 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.

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the hospital.
    • 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.
    • There are bollards outside this entrance.
    • The bollard(s) does/do not have a good colour contrast to prevent them being hazardous to visually impaired people.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • There is an intercom but it is not at a convenient height for wheelchair users to gain access.
    • Standard manual wheelchairs are available for people to borrow at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 136cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 98cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located directly in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.

Other Floors (Main Purple Zone Reception Stairwell)

  • 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 G,1,2.
    • 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 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.

Lift (Lifts 29 - 30)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the corridor to the left of the Purple Zone reception area.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are not clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the Main Hospital Entrance - Entrance 3.
  • 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 G,1,2.
  • 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.
  • 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 good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • 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 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 a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Day Room / Lounge Area

  • There is a day room/lounge area.
  • The day room/lounge area is approximately 43m from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access into the day room/lounge area.
  • The day room/lounge area is always open.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the day room/lounge area.
  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is not a space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a mixture of seating with and without armrests.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 60cm (1ft 12in).
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • There is a television.
  • Subtitles are 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.

Ward

  • Ward Information View
    • This is a/an Surgical ward.
    • This is a shared ward.
    • There is/are 5 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 8 side room(s) available.
    • There is/are 28 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) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).
    • 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 not in a suitable position for wheelchair users.
    • There is a door release button at a convenient height for wheelchair users to exit.
    • 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.
    • There is some flooring on the ward which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Reception/Nurses' Station View
    • The height of the Nurses' Station desk is 120cm.
    • There is not a lowered section.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available at the desk.
  • Ward Features and Patient Facilities View
    • The ward does not play background music.
    • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
    • A mobile hoist is available on the ward.
    • There are not accessible washroom facilities for patients on the ward.
    • There are not accessible toilet facilities for patients on the ward.
    • There are washrooms suitable for ambulant disabled patients available on the ward.
    • Toilets suitable for ambulant disabled patients are available on the ward.
  • Visitor Facilities View
    • There are no accessible toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Accessible toilet facilities for visitors are located on Level one of the Purple Zone next to lifts 29-30.
    • There are no standard toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Standard toilet facilities for visitors are located on Level one of the Purple Zone next to lifts 29-30.
  • Visiting Times View
    • There are set visiting times for the ward.
    • Visiting times are 11:00 to 20:00.
    • The visiting times are the same for each day.

Washroom (Shower)

  • Washroom Details View
    • The washroom surveyed has a wheel in shower, a toilet and a wash basin.
    • There is/are 6 washroom(s) of this type in the ward.
    • There is step free access to the washroom surveyed once inside the ward.
    • This washroom is shared.
    • There is pictorial and written or text signage on or near the washroom door.
    • The washroom door(s) open(s) outwards.
    • The door(s) is/are locked by a twist lock.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the washroom are 183cm x 277cm (6ft x 9ft 1in).
    • The washroom does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the washroom.
    • There is not a coat hook in the washroom.
    • There is a mirror.
    • There is not a tall mirror, with suitable specifications, for ease of use.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 86cm.
    • As you face the wash basin the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • The tap type is lever. It is not a mixer tap.
    • 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 towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 130cm.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • The washroom has a non-slip floor.
  • Toilet Details View
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet has a lid obstructing the back rest/cistern/wall.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 116cm.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 92cm.
    • There is not a colostomy changing shelf for standing users next to the toilet.
  • Shower Details View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head is height adjustable.
    • The shower control type is twist/turn.
    • A shower chair is available.
    • There are wall-mounted grab rails available.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The colour contrast between the external washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rails to the right of the toilet and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The colour contrast between the shower wall-mounted grab rails and wall is fair.
    • The colour contrast between the washroom floor and walls is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

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