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The Pod

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

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COVID-19 Information (Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

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.
  • By Bus View
    • The bus services are run by First Group and Konect Bus. The services include 3, 4, 9A, 11, 1, 13A, 21, 21A, 22, 22A, 26 and 26A from Bus Stand A. From Bus Stand B the buses are run by Konect Bus, the services include 3, 4, 9 and 510 - Park and Ride.
    • 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 F - Accessible Parking)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located in 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 not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • There is a/are 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 240cm x 520cm (7ft 10in x 17ft 1in).
    • 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 a designated drop-off point.
    • The drop-off point is located at the rear of the car park.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the drop-off point.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • Paying View
    • There are not parking charges for the hospital car park.
    • Payment signs are not provided.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • 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 75m (82yd 1in) from the East Atrium Entrance.
  • Comments View
    • This is 30 minute drop off and Blue Badge Bay Parking only.

Hospital Parking (Car Park G - East Outpatients)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located at the front left 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 block paving.
    • There is a/are clearly marked/signposted 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 240cm x 470cm (7ft 10in x 15ft 5in).
    • 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 100m (109yd 1ft) from the East Outpatients Entrance.

Hospital Parking (Car Park H - East Outpatients)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located to the front left 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 block paving.
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
  • 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.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Outside Access (The Pod - East Atrium)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located opposite the East Atrium entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Outside Access (The Pod - East Outpatients)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located opposite the East Outpatients Main Entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 133cm (4ft 4in).
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm.
    • 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 In front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Eating and Drinking (The Pod)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the cafĂ©.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Menu types include; written wall menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • Staff can read menus to customers if requested.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 91.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • There are some tables which are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the lowest dining table is 73cm.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the highest dining table is 108cm.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 73cm.
    • The surface height of the lowest table is 75cm.
    • The surface height of the highest table is 110cm.
    • Some tables are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
    • There is flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are good.

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