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Surgical Reception Unit

National Hospital for Neurology 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 (Surgical Reception Unit)

  • The Surgical Reception Unit is/are located on the first floor of Albany Wing.
  • To see the building map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to the Surgical Reception Unit is via the hospital main entrance.
  • From the hospital main entrance, go diagonally left across the foyer to the Albany Wing lift. Take the lift to the first floor. The Surgical Reception Unit is on the right as you exit the lift.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to the Surgical Reception Unit.
  • The Surgical Reception Unit is approximately 5m from the lift.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • 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 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.

Lift (Main Entrance - Albany Wing)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter the main hospital entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) 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.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 127cm (4ft 2in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 265cm (4ft 7in x 8ft 8in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The highest controls are over 120cm.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Other Floors (Main Entrance)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G,1,2,3.
    • The stairs are located in the main entrance foyer area.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Ward (Surgical Reception Unit)

  • Ward Information View
    • This is a/an day case ward.
    • This is a shared ward.
    • There is/are 3 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 0 side room(s) available.
  • 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 double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 136cm (4ft 6in).
    • 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 not a door release button when exiting.
    • There is level access throughout the ward.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Reception/Nurses' Station View
    • The height of the ward reception desk is 70cm.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available at the desk.
  • Relatives' Room View
    • There is not a relatives' room for the ward.
  • 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.
    • There are no standard toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Standard toilet facilities for visitors are located on the ground floor.
  • Comments View
    • This is a day case ward.
    • The ward does not have a fixed number of beds.
    • The capacity may vary depending on whether patients require a trolley or a recovery chair.
    • All the bays and the waiting room have a ceiling track hoist system.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is approximately 5m from the unit 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 single width with a locked extension leaf.
  • The door(s) is/are light.
  • The width of the door opening is 61cm (2ft).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is not 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.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The waiting room / area does not have background music playing.
  • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the waiting room / area.
  • There is not a television.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • A water dispenser is 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 3 washroom(s) of this type in the unit.
    • The washroom surveyed is located off the furthest bay from the unit entrance.
    • The washroom surveyed is approximately 20m from the unit entrance.
    • There is step free access to the washroom surveyed once inside the unit.
    • This washroom is shared.
    • There is pictorial and written or text signage on or near the washroom door.
    • The washroom door(s) open(s) inwards.
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the washroom are 280cm x 270cm (9ft 2in x 8ft 10in).
    • The washroom does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 87cm.
    • There are no wall-mounted grab rails for the wash basin.
    • The tap type is lever. It is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 100cm.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • The toilet has a lid obstructing the back rest/cistern/wall.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 188cm.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • 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 90cm.
    • There is not 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.
    • A shower chair is available.
    • 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 poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the shower wall-mounted grab rails and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the washroom floor and walls is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the washroom shared between the other two bays.
    • Photographs 5 and 6 show the washroom which opens off the waiting room.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located to the right after the unit entrance.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the unit entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • There is written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.

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