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Althea MRI Pod

Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 4PW

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Getting To (Althea MRI Pod)

Hospital Parking (Car Park 2b)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located at the front left of the hospital.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • 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.
    • 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 229cm x 496cm (7ft 6in x 16ft 3in).
    • There is 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 not a designated 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 throughout the car park.
    • Payment signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • 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 not clearly visible from the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the hospital entrance is not clearly signposted.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 43m (47yd 1in) from the Outpatients 1 and 2 Entrance.

Outside Access (Althea MRI Pod)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the front of the portable unit.
    • 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 dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 153cm.
    • 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 leading up to the entrance door.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is 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 ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 130cm.

Department / Service (Althea MRI Pod)

  • Department / Service Access View
    • Althea MRI Pod is located in a portable unit to the rear of the hospital.
    • There is level access throughout the department/service.
    • There is no clear signage on the department/service.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • The department/service does not play background music.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Department / Service Facilities View
    • This department/service has; a treatment room.
    • There are 1 consultation/treatment rooms in this department/service.
    • A hearing assistance system is not available in the department/service.
    • A mobile hoist is not available on the department/service.
    • There are not accessible toilet facilities within the department/service.
    • Accessible toilet facilities are located in the main hospital near the Radiology entrance.
    • There are not standard toilet facilities within this department/service.
    • Standard toilet facilities are located in the main hospital near the Radiology entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Patients check in at the Radiology reception and are either escorted by a member of staff or directed to the Althea MRI Pod.

Opening Times (Althea MRI Pod)

  • Monday 07:30 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 20:00.
  • Friday 07:30 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 07:30 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 07:30 - 20:00.

Reception (Radiology)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located beyond the Radiology entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Radiology 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 good.
    • The height of the reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
    • 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 a hearing assistance system.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 01/08/2023.
    • The hearing assistance system was working at the time of testing.
    • 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.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
    • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • 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 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 good.

Imaging Room (Scanner)

  • This section describes the imaging Room(s), located to the right as you enter through the department doors.
  • There is / are 1 imaging Room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Scanner.
  • This room is not accessed via a changing room.
  • Imaging Room View
    • There is step free access into the imaging room.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • 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 111cm.
    • 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.
    • There is no hoist available.
    • The room does not have background music playing.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the imaging room.
    • The lighting levels in the imaging room are adjustable.
  • Comments View
    • There is a small lip at the entrance.

Standard Changing Cubicle / Room (Althea MRI Pod)

  • The changing cubicle/room is located to the right after entering through the department entrance door.
  • There is step-free access to the changing cubicle/room.
  • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
  • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
  • 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 is flip down/tip up seat.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s) available.
  • There are coat hooks at 173cm and 180cm from the floor.
  • There is not an emergency alarm in the changing cubicle/room.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • There are 2 changing rooms.
    The height of the flip down seat is 48cm.