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Maida Vale Ward

National Hospital for Neuroscience and Neurosurgery , Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG

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Getting To The Hospital

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 the Basil Samuel Outpatients Department.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 020 3448 3237.
  • 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 in the reception area.
  • Volunteers do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs.

Public Parking

Getting To (Maida Vale Ward)

  • Maida Vale Ward is/are located on the sixth floor of the Queen Mary Wing.
  • To see the building map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to Maida Vale Ward is via the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery main entrance.
  • When entering the main hospital entrance pass reception then turn right. Continue ahead and then turn left, following the signs for the Chandler Wing and Queen Mary Wing. At the end of the corridor, go through two sets of double doors then turn right and go down the ramp. At the bottom of the first section of ramp, turn right into the Queen Mary Wing, then follow the corridor round to the left and through a single door to the lifts. Take the further of the two Queen Mary Wing lifts to the sixth floor. The service is ahead as you exit the lift.
  • There is ramped/sloped access to Maida Vale Ward.
  • Maida Vale Ward is approximately 3m from the Queen Mary Wing lift.
  • There is a/are manual, heavy, double door(s) between the hospital main entrance and the department/service.
  • 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.

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Boswell Street.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 148cm.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance from the left.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides going up.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step Details View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 4 step(s).
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides going up.

Other Floors (Queen Mary Wing)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG,G,1,2,3,4,5,6,7.
    • 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.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift (Queen Mary Wing)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the Queen Mary Wing.
  • The lift is approximately 70m (76yd 1ft) from the main hospital entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG,G,1,2,3,4,5,6,7.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 155cm x 205cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 9in).
  • There are 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • The lift described is the second lift on the right as you enter the Queen Mary wing.
    • The first lift is much smaller (123 x 82cm with a 65cm door opening) and does not give step free access to the sixth floor.

Internal Building Link - Albany Wing - Chandler Wing

  • This link is located at the rear of the Albany Wing and gives access to the lifts and stairs for the Chandler Wing.
  • Access to the Chandler Wing is via a moderate slope with handrails on both sides or 4 deep steps with handrails on both sides.

Ward (Maida Vale Ward)

  • Ward Information View
    • This is a/an neurology ward.
    • This is a shared ward.
    • There is/are 4 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 1 side room(s) available.
    • There is/are 14 bed(s) on this ward in total.
  • Ward Access View
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the ward.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 137cm (4ft 6in).
    • There is a door release button when exiting.
    • The height of the door release button is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is level access throughout the ward.
    • There is no clear signage on the ward.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • The lighting levels are adjustable.
  • Reception/Nurses' Station View
    • The height of the ward reception desk is 111cm.
    • There is a lowered section.
    • The height of the lowered section of the desk is 76cm.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available at the desk.
  • Relatives' Room View
    • There is not a relatives' room for the ward.
  • Example Side Room View
    • There is one side room available with an accessible ensuite.
    • The side room surveyed does have an accessible ensuite.
    • The width of the door opening into the side room is over 75cm.
    • The side room surveyed does not have a ceiling track hoist.
    • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre around the bed.
    • Bedside storage is available.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and the floor in the side room is good.
    • The lighting levels in the side room are adjustable.
    • The fixtures/facilities available in the ensuite include; a wheel in shower, a toilet and a wash basin.
  • Ward Features and Patient Facilities View
    • A hearing assistance system is not available on the ward.
    • The ward does not play background music.
    • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
    • A mobile hoist is available on the ward.
    • There are accessible washroom facilities with wheel in showers for patients on the ward.
    • There are accessible toilet facilities for patients on the ward.
    • There are washrooms suitable for ambulant disabled patients available on the ward.
    • Toilets suitable for ambulant disabled patients are available on the ward.
  • Visitor Facilities View
    • There are no accessible toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Accessible toilet facilities for visitors are located on the ground floor of Chandler Wing.
    • There are no standard toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Standard toilet facilities for visitors are located on the ground floor of Chandler Wing.
  • Visiting Times View
    • There are set visiting times for the ward.
    • Visiting times are 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 20:00.
    • The visiting times are the same for each day.
    • Protected meal times are between 13:00 to 14:00.
  • Comments View
    • This ward is part of the same service as John Young Ward.

Day Room / Lounge Area

  • There is a day room/lounge area.
  • The day room/lounge area is approximately 15m from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access into the day room/lounge area.
  • The day room/lounge area is always open.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the day room/lounge area.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 96cm (3ft 2in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is a space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 40cm (1ft 4in).
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • There is a television.
  • Subtitles are 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 bright.

Washroom

  • Washroom Details View
    • The washroom surveyed has a wheel in shower, a toilet and a wash basin.
    • There is/are 2 washroom(s) of this type in the ward.
    • The washroom surveyed is located to the left after the ward entrance.
    • The washroom surveyed is approximately 5m from the ward entrance.
    • There is step free access to the washroom surveyed once inside the ward.
    • This washroom is shared.
    • There is pictorial and written or text signage on or near the washroom door.
    • The washroom door(s) open(s) sliding.
    • The door(s) is/are locked by a twist lock.
    • The door(s) is/are light to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the washroom are 192cm x 260cm (6ft 4in x 8ft 6in).
    • The washroom does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm.
    • There is a push button alarm system in this washroom.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the washroom.
    • There is not a coat hook in the washroom.
    • There is a mirror.
    • There is not a tall mirror, with suitable specifications, for ease of use.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 71cm.
    • As you face the wash basin the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • The tap type is lever. It is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 85cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 112cm.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • The washroom has a non-slip floor.
  • Toilet Details View
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a rail with a padded back rest.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 123cm.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 115cm.
    • There is a colostomy changing shelf for standing users next to the toilet.
  • Shower Details View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head is height adjustable.
    • The shower control type is lever.
    • There is a flip-down/tip-up seat for the shower.
    • The height of the flip-down/tip-up or fixed seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There are wall-mounted grab rails available.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The colour contrast between the external washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rails to the right of the toilet and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The colour contrast between the shower wall-mounted grab rails and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the washroom floor and walls is fair.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The second washroom has a toilet with a right hand transfer space.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located left after ward entrance.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the ward entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • There are vertical and horizontal grab rails on the left hand side only.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a second standard toilet located at far end of the ward.

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