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St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing - Old Chapel

Exmoor Street, London, W10 6DZ

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing is located to the west of Central London, just off Ladbroke Grove (B450).
    • There is Blue Badge and pay and display parking available on site for visitors.
  • By Bus View
    • London Bus routes 7 (Oxford Circus to East Acton) and 316 (Cricklewood to White City) stop on St Mark's Road, to the rear of the hospital site. The 316 also stops on Barlby Road, close to the site, along with the 70 (Chiswick to South Kensington). The following routes also stop on Ladbroke Grove, close to the hospital site:- 23 (Westbourne Park to Liverpool Street Station) 52 (Victoria Station to Willesdon) 228 (Central Middlesex Hospital to Maida Vale) 295 (Ladbroke Grove to Clapham Junction) 452 (Kensal Rise to Wandsworth Road Station).
  • By Train View
    • The nearest railways station is Paddington, but all of the main London terminal stations can be easily reached via public transport.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest tube station is Ladbroke Grove, on the Circle and Hammersmith and City Line. Kensal Green tube station, on the Bakerloo Line and London Overground, is also relatively close to the site.
  • Useful Links View

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

  • Bus Stop(s) View
    • There is not an onsite bus stop.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is a/are clearly marked onsite drop-off point(s).
    • There is an ambulance drop off point, which can also be used by taxis, directly in front of the accessible entrance.
    • The accessible entrance is straight ahead from this drop off point. There is a speed bump to negotiate, and a dropped kerb with tactile paving.

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The venue does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders only.
    • The car park is located to the right of the entrance as you face it, outside the Main Hospital Building 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 clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 370cm x 470cm (12ft 2in x 15ft 5in).
    • There is not a 1200mm 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.
    • Visitors pay and display parking is available on the main hospital drive. Staff parking is located at the rear of Main Hospital Building, off Exmoor Street.
  • Paying View
    • There are not 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 not clearly visible from the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is not clearly signposted.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac.
    • There is no tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the car park and the entrance.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the side of the archway leading from the hospital main drive to the Main Hospital Building main entrance.
    • 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/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main 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 114cm.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.
    • The width of the ramp or slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).

Getting Around The Building

  • Access View
    • There is not step free access throughout the building.
    • There is/are 2 unmarked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the chancel.
    • The height of the step(s) is between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The chancel is directly to the left as you enter the old chapel from the lift and stairs (shown in photograph 1).
    • There is/are 1 unmarked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the side room from the chancel.
    • The height of the step(s) is not between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • This step is shown in photograph 2. The side room is shown in photograph 3.
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
    • There are corridors with a surface width of less than 120cm (excluding any permanent obstructions over a small distance).
    • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is wood.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Lighting levels of at least 100 lux at floor level, were recorded in all corridors surveyed.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is not provided.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to enter and exit the stairwell on the second floor.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are not 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the main entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-2.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on the second floor.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is not 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 not 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 good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • Comments View
    • The lift was out of order at the time of the survey.
    • It is accessed by a medium unmarked step, or a movable steep ramp, 80cm wide.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the right hand corner of the old chapel as you enter from the lift and stairs.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 136cm x 175cm (4ft 6in x 5ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the seat.
    • The toilet has a non slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • The height of the light switch/pull cord is 108cm from floor level.
    • There is not 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 toilet.
    • There is a/are waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the left.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is not a colostomy changing shelf for standing users next to the toilet.
    • There is not a standard shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is 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 136cm.
    • 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 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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 adjustable.
    • Lighting levels are at least 100 lux at floor level.
  • Comments View
    • Access to the accessible toilet is via a gap, 94 cm wide at its narrowest. This was blocked by chairs at the time of the survey.

Standard Toilet(s) (Staff Only)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located next to the accessible toilet.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • Lighting levels are at least 100 lux at floor level.

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