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Hyperbaric Unit

Whipps Cross University Hospital, Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 1NR

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • Whipps Cross University Hospital is located in Leytonstone in the East End of London. The main entrance to the hospital is on Whipps Cross Road (the A114) between the Whipps Cross roundabout and the Green Man roundabout. This is the best entrance for car parks 1 and 2. There is also an entrance off James Lane which is the best entrance for car parks 3 and 4.
    • The hospital has 4 main car parks: - Car Park 1 for Hospital Main Entrance, Main Building, Chest Clinic and MRI - Car Park 2 for Hospital Main Entrance, Main Building, Eye Treatment Centre and Plane Tree Centre - Car Park 3 for Maternity, Antenatal, and Outpatients - Car Park 4 for the Emergency and Urgent Care Centre (A&E) department. There are Blue Badge bays in all car parks and additional ones near Outpatients. There are also short stay drop-off/ pick-up only points near to A&E, Maternity and the Byron unit.
  • By Bus View
    • Buses W12, W15, W19, 357 stop within the hospital grounds. There are stops near the Hospital Main Entrance and also near Outpatients/ Maternity. Buses 257, 56, and 230 also stop near the hospital grounds at the Whipps Cross roundabout (around 200m to the Hospital Main Entrance.).
  • By Train View
    • Wood Street or Walthamstow Central stations are the nearest rail stations. Wood Street and Walthamstow Central are on the Great Anglia Train line from Liverpool Street to Chingford. From Wood Street station, take the bus 230 from Stop: D towards Wood Green Station. From Walthamstow Central, take the bus W19 from Stop: B in the Bus Station towards Ilford.
  • Useful Links View

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 off the main corridor in the Red Zone, between junctions 4 and 5.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 020 8535 6438.
  • The email address for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is pals@bartshealth.nhs.net.
  • There are volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • Volunteers can be found at the Hospital Main Entrance Reception and in the Outpatients Building.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request, large print on request and different languages on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • A mobility scooter charging point is not available at the hospital.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact Hospital Main Building Reception.
  • The hospital volunteers operate a buggy service to drive patients with mobility difficulties between the Hospital Main Building, Outpatients and other buildings in the hospital site. The buggy can carry patients and their folded wheelchair or other mobility aids. Staff at any department or reception can contact the volunteer service. Porters can also be called to assist patients who are unable to transfer out of their own wheelchair or who require a hospital wheelchair.

Hospital Parking (Car Park 1 - Hospital Main Entrance)

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located in front of the main entrance and on the opposite side of Hospital Road, next to the site boundary.
    • 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 9 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 360cm x 480cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 9in).
    • There is not 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 a designated drop-off point.
    • The drop-off point is located in front of the main entrance.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the 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 at the payment machines in the car park.
    • 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 in the centre of the car park and off Hospital Road.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is not a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • 5 of the Blue Badge bays are off the drive leading to the Hospital Main Entrance, not in the main parking area.
    • The other 4 Blue Badge Bays are in the parking area alongside Hospital Road, opposite the Chest Clinic.
    • Parking for Blue Badge holders is only free in designated bays.
    • Parking can be paid in coins or also by phone (020 3046 0010) or using the RingGo app, location 1165 for car parks 1 and 2.
    • At the time of our visit (June 2017) the payment machines had not been updated to take the new £1 coin.
    • From the main parking area there is a kerb followed by 5 deep, marked steps directly in front of the Hospital Main Entrance.
    • The steps have handrails on both sides.
    • These steps can be bypassed by leaving the car park via the vehicle entrance and using the driveway past the Blue Badge bays to the Hospital Main Entrance.
    • Patients can be dropped off or collected in front of the main entrance.
    • Drivers must remain with their vehicle at all times in this area.

Getting To (Hyperbaric Unit)

  • Hyperbaric Unit is/are located on the lower ground floor of Green Zone.
  • Access to Hyperbaric Unit is via the Hospital Main Entrance.
  • On entering the hospital main entrance go past reception and turn left on to the main corridor. Continue ahead to Junction 10 and take the lift to the lower ground floor. On exiting the lift turn right and continue ahead, the unit is located on the left at the end of the corridor.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Hyperbaric Unit.
  • Hyperbaric Unit is approximately 35m from the Junction 10 - Green Zone lift.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is provided.
  • There is 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.

Outside Access (Hospital Main Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located facing Car Park 1, off Hospital Road.
    • 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) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 106cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 155cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • The ramp/slope is located downhill, between the first and second doors.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The main entrance is at Junction 1, in the Orange Zone.
    • When this entrance is closed, patients requiring urgent care should go directly to the Emergency and Urgent Care Centre, which has a 24 hour entrance off Back Road.

Lift (Junction 10 - Green Zone)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the main corridor in Green Zone.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are not clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 210m (229yd 1ft) from the Hospital Main Entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG,G.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 167cm x 245cm (5ft 6in x 8ft).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift, 50m further along the corridor at Junction 13 in the Green Zone.
    • This lift has doors with a 100cm opening and internal measurements of 110cm x 290cm.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Entrance (Unit Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the lower ground floor of Green Zone.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed with the name of the service/department.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a hand sanitiser.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • There is a door release button when exiting.
    • The height of the door release button is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 164cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 1.5cm or below.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the right as you enter.
    • The reception point is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the unit 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 not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are not 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 not 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 flashing fire alarm beacon within the waiting room / area.
    • There is not a television.
    • Subtitles are not available.
    • Vending machines are not available.
    • There is not a play area or toys/books for a child to play with.
    • There is not space for an assistance dog to rest within the seating area.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Inside Access

  • There is level access once inside.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Hyperbaric Chamber)

  • There is / are 1 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Hyperbaric Chamber.
  • There is not 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 heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is not room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is adjustable.
  • There is sufficient space next to the bed/couch for a mobile hoist to operate.
  • There is a chair.
  • All chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • All chairs have 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 medium.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located at the rear of the unit.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the unit entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the hyperbaric chamber.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead as you enter and then to the left.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the unit entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is light.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 203cm x 211cm (6ft 8in x 6ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on both sides.
    • The lateral transfer space on the left is 79cm.
    • The lateral transfer space on the right is 77cm.
    • The lateral transfer space was obstructed at the time of the survey.
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 183cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available for the toilet.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 42cm (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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 99cm.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • 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 poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

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