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St Margarets Community Hospital - River Lea House

The Plain, Epping, Essex, CM16 6TN

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • St Margaret's Community Hospital is located in the north east corner of Epping, just off The Plain - the B181 to North Weald Bassett. Epping can be accessed via Junction 26 of the M25, and Junction 7 from the M11.
    • There are 3 main public car parks at the front of the site. The car parks to the side of the Epping Forest Unit and the Out-Patients Department contain Blue Badge bays. There is also pay and display parking (free for Blue Badge holders) available throughout the site.
  • By Bus View
    • There are various services that run to the Hospital from Harlow, Loughton, Waltham Cross and Ongar, as well as Epping. The Excel 333 service runs from Stansted to Epping (town centre) every hour.
  • By Train View
    • There is no overland train service at Epping. The nearest stations are Waltham Cross, Cheshunt and Harlow Town, which are served by the Greater Anglia network.
  • By Underground View
    • Epping Underground station, at the end of the Central Line, is located in the town, approximately 1 mile from the hospital.
  • Useful Links View

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

  • Bus Stop(s) View
    • There is an onsite bus stop.
    • The bus stop is located outside the Epping Forest Unit.
    • The bus stop is sheltered, and has bench seating with arm rests either end. There is space for a wheelchair user to wait at this bus stop.
    • From the bus stop, take the path around the front of the Epping Forest Unit. This path is level with a concrete tile surface. Cross the road in front of the Epping Forest Unit using the crossing, and then cross the main hospital site road using the crossing towards the Out-Patients Department. Pass the front of the Out-Patients Department. The path here has a tarmac surface. Cross the entrance to the car park using the crossing, which is level but has tactile paving on the far side. Follow the level, tarmac path from the car park and turn right just before the next car park and take the level, tarmac path towards this building. This route is approximately 85 metres long.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is a/are clearly marked onsite drop-off point(s).
    • The drop off point is located in front of the Out-Patients Department.
    • Access the path from the drop off point using the dropped kerb with tactile paving. Turn left and pass the front of the Out-Patients Department. The path here has a tarmac surface. Cross the entrance to the car park using the crossing, which is level but has tactile paving on the far side. Follow the level, tarmac path from the car park and turn right just before the next car park and take the level, tarmac path towards this building. This route is approximately 50 metres long.

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The venue does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located to the side of this building, next to the Out-Patients Department.
    • 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 7 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 320cm x 510cm (10ft 6in x 16ft 9in).
    • There is not a 1200mm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are additional car parks for staff and visitors.
    • There are additional car parks located throughout the hospital site.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the car park.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located throughout the car park.
    • Payment signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • To see the parking charges please click here (opens new tab).
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
  • 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.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is another car park located in front of this building, which has no Blue Badge bays.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is stepped 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 intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are light.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm.
  • Step Details View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The going of the step(s) is not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Getting Around The Building

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
  • 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 carpet.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all corridors.
    • The lighting levels are low to moderate.
    • Lighting levels are not at least 100 lux at floor level in 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 a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The portable hearing loop is available from the main reception, in the Epping Forest Unit.
    • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • 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 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 not 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 not a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor of the building are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels are low.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are further offices.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located directly to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are low to moderate.
    • Lighting levels are not at least 100 lux at floor level.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a shared standard toilet located on the first floor (shown in photograph 2).

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