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Colney - Waxham Unit

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7UY

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • The Hospital is located off the Norwich Southern Bypass A47 on the South West side of Norwich City Centre. Leave the A47 to join the B1108 Watton Road. Follow this road until the junction and take a right onto Colney Lane. Continue on this road and the Hospital site is located straight ahead.
    • There are multiple car parks around the site. The car parking is free for Blue Badge holders, but the ticket must be validated at the Outpatients reception.
      Please note: as of September 2023 there is currently limited parking available in the hospital’s patient and visitor car parks, with most spaces filling up by mid-morning. Alternative parking is available at the multi-storey car park opposite the hospital (access is via Rosalind Franklin Road or Hethersett Lane). Parking costs are the same as the hospital however, please note that no concessions are available.
  • By Bus View
    • The bus services are run by First Group and Konect Bus.
      From Bus Stand A the services are run by First Group and include 3, 4, 9A, 11, 1, 13A, 21, 21A, 22, 22A, 26 and 26A.
      From Bus Stand B the buses are run by Konect Bus and First Bus. The services include 3, 4, 9, 512 Norwich Airport Park & Ride bus and the Costessey 510 Park and Ride bus.
      Details of the 512 bus service can be found here: click here
      The Costessey Park & Ride 510 service is available for £1 return. This is a First Bus which is available for all patients and visitors who are charged £1 upon boarding the bus. Details of the route and timetable can be found here: click here.
    • There is an onsite bus stop.
    • There are two bus stops on site which are located in front of the Centre Block of the Hospital.
    • The bus stops have shelters which have seating/rest bar in them. There is space for wheelchairs to manoeuvre.
    • There is a level block paved and tarmac pathway around the front of the hospital which links East, West Outpatient and Centre Blocks of the hospital.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is Norwich. The services which operate from here are Abellio Greater Anglia and East Midland Trains. The station is approximately a 20 minute taxi ride from the Hospital.
  • Useful Links View
  • Comments View
    • To view a map of the hospital, please click on this link and download the map.
    • http://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/publication/nnuh-map.

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 in West Outpatients next to the Outpatients reception.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 01603 289036/01603 289045.
  • 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 entrances of the Hospital and throughout the buildings.
  • Documents are available in an alternative format and can be provided to include: Braille on request, large print on request, Makaton on request, different languages on request, voice recognition CD on request and audio on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are not available.
  • 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, walking frames and crutches.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact Inpatient receptions.
  • There is a Changing Places facility at this hospital which is located in East Outpatients Physiotherapy.
  • Comments View
    • INTRAN is available and staff have access to INTRAN App on i-pads for use with patients where appropriate.

Hospital Parking (Car Park J - Colney Centre Entrance Accessible Parking)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located at the rear 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.
    • There is a touchscreen at the barrier.
    • The barrier controls/touchscreen can be reached from the car.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 265cm x 480cm (8ft 8in x 15ft 9in).
    • 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 inside the hospital building.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • 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 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Colney Centre Entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Car parking payment machines are located at the Outpatients West and East entrances, East and West Block entrances and atriums and the Ambulatory Majors entrance.

Hospital Parking (Car Park K - Ward Parking)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders and staff only.
    • The car park is located at the rear 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.
    • There is a touchscreen at the barrier.
    • The barrier controls/touchscreen can be reached from the car.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 290cm x 480cm (9ft 6in x 15ft 9in).
    • 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 inside the hospital building.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • 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 85m (92yd 2ft) from the Inpatients East and Centre Block Entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Car parking payment machines are located at the Outpatients West and East entrances, East and West Block entrances and atriums and the Ambulatory Majors entrance.

Hospital Parking (Car Park M - Ward Parking)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located at the rear 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.
    • There is a touchscreen at the barrier.
    • The barrier controls/touchscreen can be reached from the car.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.
    • There is/are 8 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 320cm x 485cm (10ft 6in x 15ft 11in).
    • 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 inside the hospital building.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • 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 not clearly visible from the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the hospital entrance is not clearly signposted.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 85m (92yd 2ft) from the Inpatients West and Centre Block Entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Car parking payment machines are located at the Outpatients West and East entrances, East and West Block entrances and atriums and the Ambulatory Majors entrance.

Outside Access (Colney Centre Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear 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 minimum width between the bollards/wall is 176cm.
    • The bollard(s) does/do not have a high 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 not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 123cm (4ft).
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • 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 190cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 1.5cm 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 190cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 1.5cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located directly in front of the Colney Centre Entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is closed between 23:00 and 06:00 each day.
    • There is a car park ticket payment machine next to this entrance.

Entrance (Colney Centre Reception Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Level 1 of the East Block.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed with the name of the service/department.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 132cm .
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 132cm .
    • There is not a hand sanitiser.
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 170cm.

Reception (Colney Centre)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located ahead of you on entering the Colney Centre.
    • The reception point is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Colney Centre Reception Entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm) .
    • There is not sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
    • There is a touch screen.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are provided in the reception area.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
    • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
    • Some tables are permanently fixed.
    • The waiting room / area does not have background music playing.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the waiting room / area.
    • There is a television.
    • Subtitles are available.
    • Vending machines are available.
    • A water dispenser is 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 good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a lower section set at 83cm.
    • There is no room to write on the lower section.

Opening Times (Waxham Unit)

  • Monday 07:30 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 19:00.
  • Friday 07:30 - 19:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Department / Service (Waxham Unit)

  • Department / Service Access View
    • The Waxham Unit is located at the bottom of the Colney Centre Outpatients corridor.
    • There is not a/are not door(s) leading into the department/service.
    • There is level access throughout the department/service.
    • There is clear signage on the department/service.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is some flooring in the department/service which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The department/service does not play background music.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Department / Service Facilities View
    • This department/service has; treatment rooms, ambulant toilet facilities for everyone, standard toilet facilities, a waiting room/area and accessible toilet facilities for everyone.
    • There are 6 consultation/treatment rooms in this department/service.
    • A hearing assistance system is not available in the department/service.
    • A mobile hoist is available on the department/service.
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within the department/service.
    • There are standard toilet facilities within this department/service.
  • Comments View
    • The Waxham Unit is located at the end of the Colney Centre Outpatients corridor.

Waiting Room / Area (Waxham Unit)

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is approximately 55m from the Colney Centre Reception 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.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The waiting room / area does not have background music playing.
  • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the waiting room / area.
  • There is a television.
  • Subtitles are available.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • A water dispenser is available.
  • There is 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 (Linac Room)

  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; 4.
  • There is level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • There is not a/are not door(s) into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is adjustable.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is electric.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
  • There is sufficient space next to the bed/couch for a mobile hoist to operate.
  • There is a chair.
  • All chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • All chairs have armrests available.
  • All tables are permanently fixed.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • Lighting levels are adjustable.

Standard Changing Cubicle / Room (Waxham Unit)

  • The changing cubicle/room is located in the Waxham Unit, Radiology Treatment Area.
  • The changing cubicle/room is 5m from the waiting room/area.
  • There is step-free access to the changing cubicle/room.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) for the room is/are not push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
  • The width of the door opening is 90cm.
  • The type of flooring in the room is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the cubicle/room.
  • There are chairs with armrests on both sides.
  • There are several changing cubicles within the Waxham Unit. The cubicles are of different sizes.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s) available.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s) 160cm from the floor.
  • There is a functional emergency alarm, but the pull cord is out of reach (10cm+ from the floor).
  • The lighting levels are good.

Toilet with Adaptations (Right Hand Transfer)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the main Waxham Unit Treatment corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Waxham Unit Waiting Area.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This {Radio} a shared toilet.
    • The accessible toilet surveyed {Radio} for the sole use of disabled people.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is written text, dementia friendly and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is high.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 85cm.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is high.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is high.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 220cm x 227cm.
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The height of the light switch/pull cord is 135cm from floor level.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 120cm.
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is high.
    • 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 right.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is high.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is high.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, nappy/incontinence items bin, general waste (with no lid) and pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 156cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is low.
    • 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is medium.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is high.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 114cm.
    • 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).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is medium.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s) (Standard Toilet)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located on the main Treatment corridor.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the Waxham Unit Waiting Area.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is high.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 90cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

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