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Samuel Fox House

Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, S5 7AU

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include
    Ground Floor - Seminar Rooms, Computer Room, Health Services Library, Clinical Skills Reception, Patients as Educators Centre, staff offices.
    First Floor - The Atrium, mock wards, simulated home.
    Second Floor - Seminar rooms, mock treatment rooms staff offices.

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Northern General Hospital is located to the north east of the City Centre and the University.
      From the M1 Junction 34, take the A6109 Meadowbank Road towards the City Centre.
      After approximately 2 km, turn right onto the A6102.
      Continue on this road for approximately 1 km, where the road splits.
      The hospital can be accessed from either Herries Road or Barnsley Road from here.
      For SatNav purposes, use the postcode S5 7AT.
    • This building has a car park for permit holders only. There are limited public car parking spaces available around the hospital site.
  • By Bus View
    • Bus routes 32 and H1 stop within the hospital site close to this building. The hospital also has a free bus that travels around the hospital site and drops off near all main departments. The bus runs half hourly.
  • By Train View
    • Sheffield is at the heart of the UK railway network, so is easily accessed from most of the country.
  • By Tram View
    • There is not a Supertram stop close to the Hospital.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 332cm x 448cm (10ft 11in x 14ft 8in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are 10+ bays in total, and 1 Blue Badge bay.
    • This car park is a Category B Car Park.
    • For more information on university car parks and categories, please see the University of Sheffield website.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • 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 good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.

Reception (Porter's Lodge)

  • Porter's Lodge is located immediately to the left of the entrance.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Entrance (The Health Sciences Library)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the Porter's Lodge.
  • Entrance View
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The doors are single.
    • The door opening is 74cm (2ft 5in) wide.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The doors are single.
    • The door opening is 74cm (2ft 5in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There are security barriers immediately beyond the second door (photograph 2).
    • The width between the barriers is 90cm.
    • Access to the library outside of staffed hours is by UCard only.
    • The height of the UCard reader is 111cm.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 19:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (The Health Sciences Library)

  • The Health Sciences Library is located within The Health Sciences Library.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Health Sciences Library entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Library (The Health Sciences Library)

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • It takes approximately 2-3 days to process an order.
  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.
  • Comments View
    • Orders can be requested from other sites.
    • Assistive technologies are available at other sites.
    • There is a self-service issue/return desk.
    • There are desks in the library.
    • The desks have a clear height of 68cm.
    • There are seats available.
    • Some of the seats have armrests.
    • There is a low table.
    • The height of the low table is 40cm.
    • There are height adjustable chairs at the computer desks.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 11:00 - 15:00.
    • Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00.
    • Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00.
    • Thursday 11:00 - 15:00.
    • Friday 11:00 - 15:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Clinical Skills & Patients as Educators Centre)

  • Clinical Skills & Patients as Educators Centre is located at the rear of the building as you enter, on the ground floor.
  • The desk is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception desk is at three heights.
    • The heights are 113cm, 95cm, and 75cm.
    • There is seating in the reception area.
    • The seats do have armrests.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the far right of the entrance foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 142cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The controls for the lift are 112cm-130cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

The Atrium

  • The Atrium is on the first floor, to the left as you exit the lift.
  • There is a small kitchen area.
  • There are cupboards and a worksurface.
  • The height of the worksurface is 83cm.
  • There is a fridge.
  • The height to the handle of the fridge is 79cm.
  • There is a sink.
  • The height of the sink is 84cm.
  • There is a microwave.
  • The height to the controls of the microwave is 83cm.
  • There are tables and chairs.
  • The height of the lowest tables is 34cm.
  • The height of the highest tables is 73cm.
  • Some of the chairs have armrests.
  • There is a table tennis table.
  • There is a billiards table.
  • There are vending machines.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the ground floor to the right of the foyer, next to G22a, and on the first and second floors in the lift lobby.
    The accessible toilet on the second floor does have a 150x150 manoeuvring space.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor to the right of the foyer, in the corridor leading to G22a.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on the first floor in the lift lobby, and on the second floor, in the corridor leading to the rear left of the building as you exit the lift.
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on the first floor, in the corridor leading to the rear left of the building as you exit the lift, and on the second floor in the lift lobby.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor to the right of the foyer, next to G22a.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 168cm x 160cm (5ft 6in x 5ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The height of the light switch/pull cord is 137cm from floor level.
    • The lighting levels are 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 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the left.
    • There is not 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is fair.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 120cm.
    • 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 122cm (4ft).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is fair.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Accessible Toilet(s) (First Floor)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor, in the lift lobby, to the right as you exit the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 166cm x 186cm (5ft 5in x 6ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The height of the light switch/pull cord is 136cm from floor level.
    • The lighting levels are 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 71cm (2ft 4in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • 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 99cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is fair.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 128cm.
    • 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 124cm (4ft 1in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is fair.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the similar accessible toilet in the same location on the second floor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor to the right of the foyer, next to G22a.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • It was not possible to access the male toilet.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 88cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on the second floor, in the lift lobby opposite the door to the stairs.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 steps to enter the shower cubicle.
    • The first step is medium height (17cm).
    • The second step is shallow (5cm).
    • The shower head is removeable and adjustable.
    • The shower controls are twist/turn.
    • There is a bench.
    • The bench is 45cm high.