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Breast Screening

Antrim Area Hospital, Bush Road, Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT41 2RL

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COVID-19 Information (Northern Health and Social Care Trust - Antrim Hospital)

  • The information in this section was taken in January 2021.
  • Opening times may be subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • There have been no changes to the parking at Antrim Hospital.
  • The front main entrance has barriers directing the flow of visitors as an entrance and an exit.
  • Additional hand sanitising stations have been installed at entrances, and in staff change areas.
  • The number of chairs at the entrance areas have reduced.
  • Various wards and departments have reduced visitors and visiting times in line with Department of Health guidance.
  • A one way system has been introduced to assist with social distancing in most areas.
  • Signage has been introduced to ensure people keep to the left or right in corridors and also as a reminder to keep 2m apart. Floor markings have also been added to assist with social distancing.
  • Protective screens have been installed at counters and most reception areas throughout the hospital.
  • Patients and visitors are now asked to use the stairs as signposted to go up or go down only.
  • Additional toilets have been added at the main entrance and ED entrance.
  • Additional shower and changing facilities for staff have been introduced.
  • COVID compliance officers have been introduced on the site.
  • Face masks are required in all internal spaces.
  • Track and trace protocols are in place.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Getting To The Hospital (Antrim Area Hospital)

  • By Road View
    • If coming from the north west or south east the easiest route is via the M2 motorway. Leave at Junction 7 and the entrance to the hospital is just off the island. If coming from Antrim town then use the A26 and leave at Oriel Road. Head towards the train station and then turn left on to Steeple Road. Continue ahead until you come to the junction with the B518. Go straight over at the lights onto Bush road and follow this road all the way to the M2 motorway access island at junction 7. Take the 5th exit onto the hospital site. Access to the main hospital car park is via the second entrance on the right.
    • There are several open air car parks around the Antrim Area Hospital Site. The main car park is located directly in front of the main entrances and contains both Blue Badge bays and Parent and Child bays. There is a barrier system in place to enter and exit the car parks. Payment machines are located at the main entrance inside the foyer and also outside the main entrance. There is a payment machine located also inside the entrance to the Emergency Department Building.
  • By Bus View
    • Ulster Bus routes 154, 168B, 321E and 219 all stop at the on site bus stop for the hospital.
    • There is an onsite bus stop.
    • The bus stop is located to the right of the main entrance and next to the Day Surgery/MRI parking.
    • The bus shelter is covered and mostly enclosed. The bus shelter has fixed seating with ample room for a wheelchair.
    • The route to the hospital may require assistance due to uneven pavement. The hospital main entrances are visible from the bus shelter. There is a path leading from the bus shelter to the main entrances. The bus shelter is approximately 70M to the main entrances.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Train station is Antrim Railway Station and is approximately 3.2km There are several taxi services that run from the station. By Bus the 321E service runs from the station to the hospital.
  • Useful Links View

Getting Help and Assistance (Antrim Area Hospital)

  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • There is not a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at the hospital.
  • There are not volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • 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 available on request.
  • 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.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact a member of staff.
  • There is a Changing Places facility at this hospital which is located on level B of the main hospital building.
  • Comments View
    • The meet and greet volunteers are not at either hospital at present due to COVID-19, no date has been set for their return.

Hospital Parking (Main Visitor Parking)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located directly in front of the Main Entrance.
    • 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.
    • 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 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 350cm x 530cm (11ft 6in x 17ft 5in).
    • 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 to the left of the Main Entrance.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the 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, at the payment machines in the car park and at the payment machines in the hospital building.
    • Payment signs do not make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located inside the hospital building.
    • Payment machines are located in front of the Main Entrance.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is not a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • To see the hospital parking charges please click here (opens new tab).
  • 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 14m (15yd 11in) from the Main Entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is a 15 minute free parking for dropping off and picking up patients.

Getting To (Breast Screening Centre)

  • The Breast Screening Centre is/are located on level A of the hospital.
  • Access to the Breast Screening Centre is via the Main Entrance.
  • Enter via the Main Entrance and take the lifts on the right down to level A. Exit the lift and turn right. Follow the corridor to the first set of doors on the left signed Breast Screening Centre and Ward A2. Turn down this corridor and continue to the end. The entrance to the Breast Screening Centre is located on the left.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to the Breast Screening Centre.
  • The Breast Screening Centre is approximately 55m from the main lifts.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Revolving Door - Entrance Only)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front 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.
    • 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 132cm (4ft 4in).
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • The main door(s) open(s) by revolving.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 240cm.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions this door is for entering the hospital only and the accessible door to the right is used to exit the hospital only.
    • There is a slow down button on the revolving door set at 100cm from the floor.
    • There are currently no wheelchairs located for patients at this entrance, should you require a wheelchair please ask at reception.

Outside Access (Accessible Main Entrance - Currently Exit Only)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front 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.
    • 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 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a door release button when exiting.
    • The height of the door release button is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm.
    • 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 as you exit the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • These doors are currently exit onl?y.

Other Floors (Corridor Stairs)

  • Stairs View
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are A,B,C.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are 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 cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do 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 moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • Currently the main corridor stairways are designated either as up or down only to comply with social distancing measures.
    • The stairways are clearly signed to which direction they can be used.
    • There are 4 stairways on the main corridor.

Lift (Main Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the centre of the main hospital corridor.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Main Entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A,B,C.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • 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 fair.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 280cm (4ft 11in x 9ft 2in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There is currently a maximum of 2 people allowed in the lift at any time.

Entrance (Ward A2 and Breast Screening Centre)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level A of the hospital.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed with the name of the service/department.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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 permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 169cm.

Opening Times (Breast Screening Centre)

  • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Department / Service (Breast Screening Centre)

  • Department / Service Access View
    • The Breast Screening Centre is located on level A of the hospital.
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the department/service.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 84cm.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 134cm (4ft 5in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a hand sanitiser.
    • There is a door release button when exiting.
    • The height of the door release button is 132cm (4ft 4in).
    • 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.
    • There is some flooring in the department/service which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • The department/service does not play background music.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Department / Service Facilities View
    • This department/service has; a main reception, a waiting room/area, consultation rooms and standard toilet facilities.
    • There are 4 consultation/treatment rooms in this department/service.
    • A hearing assistance system is not available in the department/service.
    • A mobile hoist is available from another department/service.
    • There are not accessible toilet facilities within the department/service.
    • Accessible toilet facilities are located on level B of the main hospital corridor.
    • There are standard toilet facilities within this department/service.
  • Comments View
    • The Breast Screening Centre works along side Outpatients 6 and the waiting areas for both departments are connected.

Reception (Breast Screening Centre)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located directly in front of you as you enter the department.
    • The reception point is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Breast Screening Centre 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 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 moderate to good.
    • The height of the reception counter is low (76cm or lower).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is not a bell to attract attention.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are not provided in the reception area.
  • Comments View
    • There is a hand sanitiser to the right of the reception which is 125cm from the floor.

Waiting Room / Area (Breast Screening Centre)

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is approximately 6m from the Breast Screening Centre entrance.
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the waiting room / area.
  • The 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 permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is a space for a wheelchair user to wait within the seating area.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • The surface height of the lowest table is 33cm.
  • The surface height of the highest table is 74cm.
  • The tables do contrast visually with the floor.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The waiting room / area does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a red 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 not 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 moderate to good.

Imaging Room (Mammography Room)

  • This section describes the Mammography Room Room(s), located on the main department corridor.
  • There is / are 2 Mammography Room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Mammography Room 2.
  • This room is not accessed via a changing room.
  • Imaging Room View
    • There is step free access into the imaging room.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) has/have a closer and maybe difficult for some to open.
    • A member of staff is available to assist with opening the door if required.
    • The width of the door is 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the imaging room.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is not a bed / couch.
    • The room does not have background music playing.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • The lighting levels in the imaging room are low to moderate.
  • Comments View
    • Have not answered the distance questions as with consultation rooms not relevant and would be from changing rooms anyway.

Imaging Room (Ultrasound Room)

  • This section describes the Ultrasound Room Room(s), located on the main department corridor.
  • There is / are 2 ultrasound Room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Ultrasound Room 2.
  • This room is not accessed via a changing room.
  • Imaging Room View
    • There is step free access into the imaging room.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) has/have a closer and maybe difficult for some to open.
    • A member of staff is available to assist with opening the door if required.
    • The width of the door is 86cm.
    • There is not sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the imaging room.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is a bed / couch.
    • The bed / couch is adjustable.
    • A mobile hoist can be brought in from another department.
    • There is sufficient space next to the bed/couch for a mobile hoist to operate.
    • The room does not have background music playing.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • The lighting levels in the imaging room are low to moderate.
    • The lighting in this room is very low.
  • Comments View
    • Have not answered the distance questions as with consultation rooms not relevant and would be from changing rooms anyway.

Standard Changing Cubicle / Room

  • The changing cubicle/room is located on the department corridor.
  • The changing cubicle/room is 10m 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) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
  • The width of the door opening is 59cm.
  • The type of flooring in the room is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is not sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the cubicle/room.
  • There are chairs without armrests.
  • The changing cubicle area contains 3 identical changing cubicles.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s) available.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s) 162cm from the floor.
  • There is not an emergency alarm in the changing cubicle/room.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • The width of the door into the cubicle area is 79cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located on the department corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the Breast Screening Centre entrance.
    • There is written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Toilet seats do not have a good colour contrast.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is available.
    • There is a/are horizontal wall mounted rail(s) on the left as you face the toilet.
    • The colour contrast of the horizontal wall mounted grab rail(s) in the ambulant cubicle(s) is good.
    • There is a/are vertical wall mounted rail(s) on the right as you face the toilet.
    • The colour contrast of the vertical wall mounted grab rails in the ambulant cubicle(s) is good.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 76cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The wall fixed soap dispenser is located above and to the right of the basin.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

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