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The Oak Centre for Children and Young People at The Royal Marsden

The Royal Marsden, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PT

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • The Main Hospital Entrance is located off Downs Road and is approximately 1.5 miles south of Sutton town centre via the B2230 Brighton Road.
      If travelling via the M25 from the south, leave the M25 at Junction 8 and join the A217 to Sutton.
      Continue for approximately 8 miles until you reach a roundabout with a signpost for the B2230 Brighton Road to Sutton.
      Take the first turning on the right into Downs Road.
      The turning is just after a small humpback bridge and immediately before the pedestrian crossing.
      Continue over the crossroads.
      The Royal Marsden is the second turning on the left.
      For access to the Oak Cancer Centre and The Charles Wolfson Rapid Diagnostic Centre please use the Cotswold Road entrance, post code SM2 5NF.
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    • There are 2 car parks at the hospital for patients and visitors.
      The main car park is accessed via Downs Road.
      This car park is barrier ANPR operated and is available for appointments in the East Wing, West Wing or South Wing, for example Radiotherapy.
      The rear car park is accessed via Cotswold Road.
      This car park is ANPR operated without a barrier and is available for appointments in the Oak Cancer Centre, for example the Charles Wolfson Rapid Diagnostic Centre.
      There is designated accessible parking at both car parks.
      Blue Badge holders and participants of the Sunflower Scheme have free parking in both car parks and will need to register their Blue Badge or show a Sunflower badge or lanyard at the nearest main reception desk.
  • By Bus View
    • London and local bus routes run close to the hospital or terminate nearby.
      Bus numbers may vary due to changes in routes.
      Currently, bus numbers 80, 280, 420 and S1 run along Brighton Road, Downs Road and Cotswold Road.
      They connect with Morden underground station (Northern Line), Sutton, Tooting, Redhill, and Banstead train stations. Please ask for the Downs Road stop.
      Bus numbers S3 and S4 stop in the hospital grounds, outside the Main Hospital Entrance.
      They run every 30 minutes (peak hours only).
      There is no Sunday service and both pass through Sutton town centre and stop at the train station.
      The S3 bus terminates at Worcester Park Station and the S4 at Roundshaw.
      There is a live bus information screen at a high level, located above the site map, just inside the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • There is an onsite bus stop.
    • There is an onsite bus stop located in front of the hospital's main entrance.
    • The onsite bus stop is sheltered, with bench seating available.
      There is space for a wheelchair next to the bench.
    • The onsite bus stop is approximately 10 metres from the Main Hospital Entrance.
      To access the entrance you will need to cross a dropped kerb and then there is level access.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train stations are Sutton and Belmont.

      Sutton Station: Served by trains running from London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars, London Kings Cross (First Capital Connect), Clapham Junction and Horsham, Sussex.
      For connecting services from the south coast, change at Horsham.
      For connecting services from West London, change at Wimbledon.
      The hospital is about 1.5 miles from Sutton station and is an uphill walk.
      The journey takes about 10 minutes by bus or taxi.

      Belmont Station: Served by trains on the London Victoria to Epsom Downs line.
      Belmont station is a quarter of a mile from the hospital.
      Trains run every hour and more frequently during peak travel times.
      There is no Sunday service.
      The walk from Belmont station is uphill.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest underground station is Morden (Northern Line).
      There is lift access at this station.
      The station is approximately 6 miles from the hospital.
  • Useful Links View

Getting Help and Assistance

  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • There is a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at the hospital.
  • The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is located on the West Wing corridor, to the left off the hospital main entrance foyer.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 0800 783 7176.
  • 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 within the hospital main entrance foyer and at the Oak Cancer Centre Entrance.
  • Documents are available in an alternative format and can be provided to include: Braille on request, large print, different languages and audio.
  • 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 the porter service, through any of the service receptions.
  • The Royal Marsden Help Centre includes details of the PALS service and The Royal Marsden Macmillan Hotline Service. There are also links to patient guides and booklets which can be downloaded. The Hotline provides specialist advice and support to all Royal Marsden patients, their carers, and hospital and community-based doctors and nurses caring for Royal Marsden patients. You can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 020 8915 6899. Email contact details are also available for those who are not able to use the telephone service. Please see the website for further details.
  • Additional hospital services link (new tab) - click here.

Hospital Parking (Main Car Park)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located to the right of the main hospital 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) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • 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 230cm x 470cm (7ft 7in x 15ft 5in).
    • There is 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 not clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the entrance to the car park and at the payment machines in the car park.
    • Payment signs do not make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located outside the Main Hospital Entrance and the Radiotherapy Treatment entrance.
    • 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).
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the Main Hospital Entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There are 4 Blue Badge Bays at Level 3 of the car park.
    • There is a steep slope on the road and footpath between these bays and the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • This steep slope can be bypassed using the Radiotherapy entrance from the car park and taking Lift 9 to the basement level.
    • There is then level access on the basement corridor to access other services in the main building using Lift 7 to access the East Wing or Lift 1 or 2 to access the West Wing.

    • There are 4 short-stay Blue Badge Bays to the right of the car park entrance barrier.
    • The short-stay bays are free for 30 minutes.
    • There is a level route between these bays and the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • Blue Badge holders and participants of the Sunflower Scheme have free parking and will need to register their Blue Badge or show a Sunflower badge or lanyard at the nearest main reception desks.

Opening Times (The Oak Centre Reception)

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

Outside Access (The Oak Centre Main Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the South Wing, to the left of the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • 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 a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a door release button when exiting.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm.
    • 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 140cm.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance and between the two sets of doors.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (The Oak Centre Out of Hours Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, from the staff car park off Cotswold Road.
    • 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 dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • There is an intercom at a convenient height for wheelchair users to gain access.
    • There is a hand sanitiser but it is not at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 143cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 145cm.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is used for patients and visitors to McElwain Ward and the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, when The Oak Centre Main Entrance and reception are closed.
    • Patients can be dropped off near this entrance via the staff car park, but patients and visitors cannot park in this area.
    • There are steep ramps on the route to this entrance through the hospital main building.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
    • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to Children's Outpatients from The Oak Centre entrance if coming from the main hospital building.
    • This ramp is shown in photographs 1 and 2.
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • Handrails are provided in some corridors.
    • Seating is not provided in corridors.
    • There is high colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage and Wayfinding View
    • Wayfinding signage is not provided.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.

Reception (The Oak Centre Main Entrance)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located ahead as you enter The Oak Centre Main Entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Oak Centre Main 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 high (110cm+).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the low section of 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 provided in the reception area.
  • Comments View
    • Additional seating is available in adjacent areas.
    • This seating is limited at peak times.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G,1,2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going 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 provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels are varied.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of The Oak Centre.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are not clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the Oak Centre 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 G,1.
  • 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 high.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is high.
  • The clear door width is 128cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 180cm x 270cm.
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is 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 a hearing assistance system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Peak Times

  • Please note - Public areas may become crowded during peak times.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Main Foyer - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left of the entrance foyer.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m from the Oak Centre Main Entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is high.
    • The door opens inwards and outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is high.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 185cm (4ft 7in x 6ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • 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 70cm.
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a sensor flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is medium.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is 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 sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 163cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf has the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The shelf is at a height of 95cm.
    • The shelf is located where it is reachable.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 high.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side 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 sensor.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 80cm.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is high.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The accessible toilet in the foyer is for the use of all patients and visitors.

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