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Acute Medical Unit B (AMU B)

Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ

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Introduction

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    • Acute Medical Unit B is located in the Lyndon Department, on the first floor of the main hospital building.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is The Hawthorns.

Opening Times (Visiting Times)

  • Monday 11:00 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 11:00 - 21:00.
  • Friday 11:00 - 21:00.
  • Saturday 11:00 - 21:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 21:00.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There is/are 10+ Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 240cm x 482cm (7ft 10in x 15ft 10in).
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main hospital entrance.
  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 24m (26yd 9in) from the main hospital entrance.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the hospital.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 174cm (5ft 9in) wide.
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    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door opening is 133cm (4ft 4in) wide.

Reception

  • The desk is 4m (13ft 1in) from the main entrance .
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.
  • There is not a touch screen.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk.

Other Floors

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    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the reception foyer.
  • The lift is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main hospital entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 145cm x 262cm (4ft 9in x 8ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Outside Access (Acute Medical Unit B - AMU B)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor of the Lyndon Building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in) wide.

Reception

  • The desk is 22m (24yd 2in) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music/noise.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Route finding signage is not available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Reception (X- Ray In Patients)

  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Ward

  • There is level access in the ward.
  • The ward is unisex.
  • There is/are 3 bay(s) available.
  • There is/are 2 side room(s) available.
  • The area/room/bay surveyed was Bay 2.
  • There is a/are door(s) to the area/room/bay.
  • The door(s) open(s) by sliding.
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre around the bed(s)/between beds.
  • The bed(s) is/are adjustable.
  • The bed(s) has/have bedside storage.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is electric.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
  • 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.
  • A flashing alarm is available.
  • A vibrating alarm is not available.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Quiet Room)

  • The consultation / treatment room is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • There are doors into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is not room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is not a bed / couch.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair is not adjustable.
  • There are some chairs with armrests available.
  • No 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 medium.

Male Bathroom

  • Accessible bathroom facilities are available.
  • There is/are 1 accessible bathrooms in this ward.
  • There is/are 1 accessible bathroom with a bath.
  • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people
  • There is pictorial and written or text signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
  • The accessible bathroom is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access to the accessible bathroom.
  • A key is not required for the accessible bathroom.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The width of the door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The door weight is heavy.
  • The dimensions of the bathroom are 267cm x 194cm (8ft 9in x 6ft 4in).
  • The bathroom has a non-slip floor.
  • There is not a lateral transfer space.
  • 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.
  • Wall mounted rails are available.
  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
  • 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 towel dispenser is 132cm (4ft 4in) high.
  • There is a toilet roll holder.
  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The toilet roll holder is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
  • There is a wash basin.
  • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The wash basin height is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The tap type is sensor.
  • There is a mixer tap for the wash basin.
  • There are not mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
  • There is a bath.
  • The height of the side of the bath from floor level is 55cm (1ft 10in).
  • 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.
  • 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 bright.
  • There is a female bathroom next to the male bathroom.

Accessible Shower (Male Shower)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located within the toilet area.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a shower chair.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s) (Staff Toilet)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include mobile hoists, shower chairs, hoist slings and adjustable beds.
  • Children are welcomed at the venue.