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Sturtridge Ward (Labour Ward) - OLD

Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5BD

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Introduction

  • Sturtridge Ward is located in Area M.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Northampton.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Northampton.

Parking (West Entrance)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 7 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 550cm x 280cm (18ft 1in x 9ft 2in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 9m (29ft 6in) from the west entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 18m (20yd) from the west entrance.
    • 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 car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally busy.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located outside the entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.
  • Comments View
    • Additional Parking Information:
    • Parking is free for registered disabled Blue Badge holders in pay and display car parks and marked disabled bays, but not within barrier entry and exit car parks. The additional visitor car park areas at the hospital are as follows:
    • Car Park 1 - Main car park for all wards and departments (Pay on foot - 200 spaces, no designated bays)
    • Car Parks 3 and 4 - Parking for maternity, eye department, blood taking unit and outpatients (Pay and display - 100 spaces, including some designated bays)
    • Car Park 5 - Parking for oncology and elderly medicine (Pay and display - 20 spaces, including some designated bays)
    • Car Park 2 is for staff use only between 07:00 – 15:00 Mon-Fri, but available to visitors outside these times.
    • Additional disabled parking spaces are located near to all major entrances to the hospital.

Outside Access (West Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in areas L and M.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 182cm (5ft 12in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 157cm (5ft 2in).

Level Change (West Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of and immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Outside Access (Sturtridge Ward Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in area M.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (West Entrance Corridor)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in the main corridor.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Reception

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • There is not a prescription box.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is not at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.
  • Route finding signage is not available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 1m (3ft 3in) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There are not doors into the waiting room / area.
  • The type of flooring is carpet and vinyl.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is a television.
  • Subtitles are not available.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • There is not a children's play area.
  • There is space for an assistance dog to rest.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Ward

  • There is level access to the ward.
  • The ward is female.
  • There are 4 bays available.
  • There are 9 side rooms available.
  • The area / room / bay surveyed was Room 1.
  • The area / room / bay is 9m (29ft 6in) from the ward entrance .
  • There are doors to the bay / side room.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • All beds are adjustable.
  • All beds have bedside storage.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook.
  • There is an accessible toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is not a standard toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is not a standard toilet for visitors to use outside the ward.
  • There is a bathroom on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Bathroom

  • There are accessible bathrooms available.
  • Location and access View
    • The bathroom is female.
    • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no additional signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is 45m (49yd 8in) from the ward entrance.
    • There is level access to the accessible bathroom.
  • Features and dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible bathroom.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the door is 126cm (4ft 2in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 275cm x 310cm (9ft x 10ft 2in).
    • The bathroom has a non slip floor.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the bathroom.
  • Position of fixtures View
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The lateral transfer space is 225cm (7ft 5in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is no flush on the transfer side.
  • Features and dimensions View
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
  • Position of fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • 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 toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is 72cm (2ft 4in) high.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap for the sink.
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
  • Bath details View
    • There is a bath.
    • The height is not adjustable.
    • A hoist is available.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a shower over the bath.
    • There are not wall mounted handrails available.
  • Wheel in shower details View
    • There is not a wheel in shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Bathroom

  • There are accessible bathrooms available.
  • Location and access View
    • The bathroom is female.
    • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no additional signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is 24m (26yd 9in) from the ward entrance.
    • There is level access to the accessible bathroom.
  • Features and dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible bathroom.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the door is 92cm (3ft).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 165cm x 320cm (5ft 5in x 10ft 6in).
    • The bathroom has a non slip floor.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the bathroom.
  • Position of fixtures View
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The lateral transfer space is 200cm (6ft 7in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • Features and dimensions View
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is 74cm (2ft 5in) high.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap for the sink.
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
  • Bath details View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel in shower details View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The shower control type is twist/turn.
    • The shower seat is no seat.
    • There are not handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located past reception on the left of the main corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the ward entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards (automatically).
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is light.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 190cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Patients)

Standard Toilet(s) (Visitors)

Additional Info

  • Disability Awareness Training can be provided for staff.
  • The most commonly used documents can be provided in different formats on request.
  • Different formats include Braille, large print, different languages, audio and voice recognition.
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Registered assistance dogs are generally welcomed in all areas, although departments with high risk of infection such as wards and intensive care units should be contacted in advance.
  • Switchboard staff are Typetalk aware.
  • Help with luggage is available for inpatients.
  • Help for people with mobility impairments can be provided through Friends of the Northampton General Hospital, who provide a buggy transport service to access areas of the hospital.
  • The mobility aids available in the hospital include mobile hoists, wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs, tri wheel walkers, shower chairs, bath hoists, commodes, walking sticks, walking frames, hoist slings, adjustable beds and crutches.
  • To obtain mobility aids, please contact a member of staff.
  • There is not a mobility scooter charging point at the hospital.
  • Fixed hearing loops are available in some departments.
  • Portable hearing loops are available on request.