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Delivery Suite

Birmingham City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 7QH

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Introduction

  • Delivery Suite is located on the ground floor of the maternity block.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.
  • Comments
    • Only two birthing partners are permitted with expectant mothers..

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Birmingham.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Jewellery Quarter.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 10+ designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 358cm x 600cm (11ft 9in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 8m (26ft 3in) from the Delivery Suite Department entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 30m (33yd) from the Delivery Suite Department entrance.
    • 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 car park surface is tarmac.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally busy.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Delivery Suite Department Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the maternity block.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 154cm (5ft 1in) wide.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (Delivery Suite Department Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 4m (13ft 1in) from the unit entrance .
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There are not doors into the waiting room / area.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • All chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Chairs with armrests are not available.
  • All tables are permanently fixed.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a television.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • There is not a children's play area.
  • There is space for an assistance dog to rest.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Triage)

  • There are 6 consultation/treatment rooms available.
  • The room surveyed was Triage Cubicle 2.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 7m (22ft 12in) from the unit entrance .
  • There is level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • There are doors into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is adjustable.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair is not adjustable.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Outside Access (Delivery Suite Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of the maternity block.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in) wide.

Reception

  • The desk is 2m (6ft 7in) from the ward entrance .
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Route finding signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is non slip.

Ward

  • There is level access to the ward.
  • The ward is female.
  • There are 2 bays available.
  • There are 12 side rooms available.
  • The area / room / bay surveyed was Room 5.
  • The area / room / bay is 7m (22ft 12in) from the ward entrance .
  • There are doors to the bay / side room.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre between beds.
  • All beds are adjustable.
  • All beds have bedside storage.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
  • There is not an accessible toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is an accessible toilet for visitors to use outside the ward.
  • The distance to the accessible toilet for visitors to use is 70m (77yd).
  • There is not a standard toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is a standard toilet for visitors to use outside the ward.
  • The distance to the standard toilet for visitors to use is 15m (16yd).
  • There is a bathroom on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Standard Shower

  • There are not standard level access shower facilities available.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments
    • There is one deep step to access the cubicle.
    • The facility is equipped with a grab rail and flip down seat.

Accessible Bathroom

  • There are accessible bathrooms available.
  • Location and access
    • The bathroom is female.
    • The bathroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the accessible bathroom door.
    • The accessible bathroom is 6m (19ft 8in) from the ward entrance .
    • There is level access to the accessible bathroom.
  • Features and dimensions
    • A key is not required for the accessible bathroom.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 250cm x 270cm (8ft 2in x 8ft 10in).
    • The bathroom has a non slip floor.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the bathroom.
  • Position of fixtures
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The lateral transfer space is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is no flush on the transfer side.
  • Features and dimensions
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (0ft 4in) from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • 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 towel dispenser is 136cm (4ft 6in) high.
    • 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 toilet roll holder is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is 87cm (2ft 10in) high.
    • The tap type is sensor.
    • There is a mixer tap for the sink.
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible bathroom.
  • Wheel in shower details
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The shower control type is sensor.
    • The shower seat is shower chair.
    • There are handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • Additional facilities are located throughout the suite.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info Health

  • Disability awareness / equality training can be provided for hospital staff.
  • The most commonly produced documents could be provided in other formats.
  • Documents in Braille, large print, audio and different languages format can be requested.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in most areas of the hospital.
  • Areas with a high risk from infection, such as intensive care and wards should be contacted in advance before accessing with assistance dogs.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Switchboard staff are Text Relay aware.
  • The mobility aids available include mobile hoists, ceiling tracking hoists, wheelchairs, tri wheel walkers, shower chairs, commodes, walking sticks, walking frames, hoist slings, adjustable beds and crutches.
  • Portable hearing loops can be provided on request.