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Children's Observation and Admissions Unit

Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, BB2 3HH

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Getting To The Hospital (Royal Blackburn Hospital)

  • By Road
    • The Royal Blackburn Hospital is located on Haslingden Road. Use the postcode BB2 3HH if using a sat-nav device.
      From Blackburn Bus Station continue along Salford, heading away from the town centre. When passing the traffic lights veer right and head along Cicely Lane until you reach the T-junction (Higher Audley Street/A6078). Turn right onto Higher Audley Street/A6078 and continue until the next junction. Turn left onto Bennington Street where the Hospital is signposted. Follow Bennington Street until the T junction for Haslingden Road. Turn left onto Haslingden Road and the Hospital is located on the left.
    • A designated disabled parking area is available at the main hospital reception, next to Visitor Car Park O.
      The main visitors car park is Car Park N, opposite the main hospital entrance. Limited places are also available at Car Park J.
      Entry to Car Park J for external visitors can only be accessed by credit or debit card. On entry, insert a credit or debit card into the barrier reader. The card will be read, the entry date and time recorded, and the card will then be returned. When the card has been removed the entry barrier will be raised to allow access.
      On exit, please insert the same card into the barrier reader. The card will be read, the exit date and time recorded, and the cost calculated and receipt produced. When the card has been removed the barrier will be raised to exit.
      Please note - Car Park J cannot be accessed via the M65.
  • By Bus
    • There is a bus stop located close to the main entrance. You can use Metro's online journey planner to start to plan your journey by bus.
      The Hospital Trust has made a commitment to provide free transport services between Burnley General Hospital and the Royal Blackburn Hospital for patients and visitors. The service is now operational, running from 06:15 to 21:30 (the last bus) Monday to Friday. A reduced service will operate on weekends and bank holidays.
  • By Train
    • The nearest rail station is Blackburn, 1.2 miles away.
      To view the route please use the google map link below.
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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 at the main hospital reception desk.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 0800 587 2586.
  • The email address for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is pals@elht.nhs.uk.
  • There are volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • Volunteers can be found at the PALS desk at the main hospital reception.
  • Volunteers do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Hospital staff receive deaf awareness training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request, large print on request and different languages.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • 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.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact main reception.
  • Other languages, documents and interpreters can be requested in advance.
  • Additional hospital services link (new tab) - click here.

Hospital Parking (Main Visitor Parking)

  • Parking
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located to the right of the main hospital building.
    • 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.
    • Controls at the barrier are within the range of 100cm to 110cm.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
  • Drop-off Point
    • There is a designated drop-off point.
    • The drop-off point is located outside the main hospital entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop-off point.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
  • Paying
    • 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 and at the payment machines in the hospital building.
    • Payment signs do 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.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
  • Access to the Hospital
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
  • Comments
    • There is a time limit of 10 minutes at the drop off point outside the main hospital entrance.

Hospital Parking (Main Accessible Parking)

  • Parking
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders only.
    • The car park is located to the right of the main hospital building.
    • 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 clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 370cm x 470cm (12ft 2in x 15ft 5in).
    • 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
    • There is a designated drop-off point.
    • The drop-off point is located outside the main hospital entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop-off point.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
  • Paying
    • There are parking charges for the hospital car park.
  • Access to the Hospital
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 70m (76yd 1ft) from the main hospital entrance.
  • Comments
    • If the accessible car park is full Blue Badge holders can park in the main visitor car park.

Hospital Parking (Day Surgery/Dialysis Unit Accessible Parking)

  • Parking
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders only.
    • The car park is located outside the Dialysis Unit building.
    • 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 clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 260cm x 520cm (8ft 6in x 17ft 1in).
    • 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
    • There is a designated drop-off point.
    • The drop-off point is located outside the entrances to the Day Surgery and Dialysis Unit.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop-off point.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • Paying
    • There are not parking charges for the hospital car park.
    • Payment signs are not provided.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Free parking for Blue Badge holders is for 30 minutes only.
  • Access to the Hospital
    • 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 clearly signposted.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 60m (65yd 1ft) from the level 2 entrance.
  • Comments
    • This car park cannot be accessed via the main entrance. Access to this car park is from Haslingden Road, opposite KFC.

Getting To (The Children's Observation and Admissions Unit)

  • The Children's Observation and Admissions Unit is/are located on the mezzanine level.
  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to the Children's Observation and Admissions Unit is via the Day Surgery entrance.
  • Enter via the Day Surgery entrance and proceed through the double doors on the left. The Children's Observation and Admissions Unit is located on the left.
  • There is step free access to the Children's Observation and Admissions Unit.
  • The Children's Observation and Admissions Unit is approximately 10m from the Day Surgery entrance.
  • There is a/are manual, heavy, double door(s) between the Day Surgery entrance and the department/service.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.

Outside Access (Day Surgery Entrance)

  • Entrance Details
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the hospital, opposite the main car park.
    • 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/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope Details
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of and leading to the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • 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 the right going up.

Waiting Room / Area

  • The vending machine controls are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
  • A water dispenser is not available.
  • There is 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.

Opening Times (Visiting Hours)

  • This service is open 24 hours.

Ward

  • Ward Information
    • This is a/an children's ward.
    • This is a shared ward.
    • There is/are 2 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 3 side room(s) available.
    • There is/are 14 bed(s) on this ward in total.
  • Ward Access
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the ward.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).
    • The hand sanitiser is not in a suitable position for wheelchair users.
    • There is level access throughout the ward.
    • There is clear signage on the ward.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is flooring on the ward which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Reception/Nurses' Station
    • The height of the ward reception desk is 105cm.
    • There is a lowered section.
    • The height of the lowered section of the desk is 72cm.
    • There is a hearing assistance system available at the desk.
    • The side room surveyed does not 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 not sufficient space next to the bed for a mobile hoist to operate.
    • There is not 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 bright.
  • Ward Features and Patient Facilities
    • 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 not available on the ward.
    • There are not accessible toilet facilities for patients on the ward.
  • Comments
    • Visitors are able to use the toilets on the ward.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Assessment)

  • There is / are 2 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Pre-Op Assessment.
  • There is level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are light.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is not adjustable.
  • There is not sufficient space next to the bed/couch for a mobile hoist to operate.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • There are no chairs with armrests available.
  • A hoist can be brought in from another department.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The door is light.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 203cm x 203cm (6ft 8in x 6ft 8in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the seat.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 137cm (4ft 6in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are general domestic waste and clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 126cm (4ft 2in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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 wash basin.
    • The wash basin 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There is a similar female only toilet within the unit which has a baby change table at a height of 88cm.

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