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Neonatal Unit

Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, WN1 2NN

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Introduction

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Wigan.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Wigan Wallgate.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the side 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 360cm x 520cm (11ft 10in x 17ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 38m (42yd) from the main hospital entrance 1.
    • The furthest designated bay is 70m (77yd) from the main hospital entrance 1.
    • 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 not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance 1)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the hospital off Wigan Lane.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 132cm (4ft 4in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The main hospital entrance 1 is on floor level 2.

Level Change (Main Hospital Entrance 1)

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

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0-1-2-3-4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the main corridor.
  • The lift is 80m (87yd) from main hospital entrance 1.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0-1-2-3-4.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 129cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 170cm x 260cm (5ft 7in x 8ft 6in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a moderate ramp in the main corridor leading to the lift.

Outside Access (Neonatal Unit Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on level 3.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not 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 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 164cm (5ft 5in) wide.

Level Change (Main Hospital Corridor)

  • There are various easy to moderate ramps located throughout the hospital corridors.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is non slip.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Waiting Room / Area (Visitors Room)

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 5m (16ft 5in) from the ward entrance .
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There are doors into the waiting room / area.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 73 cm wide.
  • The type of flooring is carpet.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs have armrests.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • There is a television.
  • Subtitles are not available.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • There is a children's play area.
  • There is space for an assistance dog to rest.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Ward

  • There is level access to the ward.
  • The ward is unisex.
  • There are 2 bays available.
  • There are 2 side rooms available.
  • The area / room / bay surveyed was Room 2.
  • The area / room / bay is 25m (27yd) from the ward entrance .
  • There are doors to the bay / side room.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre between beds.
  • All beds are adjustable.
  • No beds have bedside storage.
  • A hoist is not available.
  • There is an accessible toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is a standard toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The bays have double doors 127cm wide.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Monday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Friday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Saturday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Sunday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Sunday 18:00 - 20:00.

Room (Family Room)

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left as you enter the ward.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the ward entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 125cm x 185cm (4ft 1in x 6ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • 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 coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are 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 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Bathroom (Family Room)

  • The standard bathroom is 5m (16ft 5in) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • The facilities available in the standard bathroom include a toilet, a shower, a sink and an emergency cord.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Volunteers are available for help and assistance. Volunteers are located on the desks just inside main hospital entrance 1, main hospital entrance 2 and just inside the Christopher Home Building entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Disability Awareness Training
    • All Trust staff undertake disability awareness training as part of their Equality and Diversity training.
    • Assistance Dogs
    • Assistance dogs are welcome in the hospital and the Outpatient areas.
    • However, assistance dogs are not allowed into direct multi-patient clinical areas, such as wards, due to Infection Control and also other reasons.
    • Staff are usually asked to accommodate a side room or visiting area for patients that require an assistance dog or people visiting with an assistance dog.
    • Patient Information
    • Patient information and correspondence can be requested in large print, Braille, audio and in other languages.
    • To request these documents please contact the ward / department.Mobility Aids
    • Mobility aids available within the hospital include bariatric beds and wheelchairs, manual hoists, hoist slings, tri wheel walkers, walking sticks, walking frames, crutches and commodes which are all available on request.
    • There is no charge for mobility aids.
    • Volunteers
    • Volunteers are available for help and assistance.
    • Volunteers are located at the desks just inside main hospital entrance 1, main hospital entrance 2 and just inside the Christopher Home Building entrance.
    • Language Interpreters
    • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
    • An interpreter service is provided for patients whose first language is not English.
    • Hearing Assistance
    • Portable hearing loops are available on request.
    • Typetalk
    • Switchboard staff are Typetalk aware.
    • Children
    • Children are welcome within the hospital, however, visiting with children under the age of 12 is discouraged, unless the patient is a parent, brother or sister.
    • Wheelchair Assistance
    • Wheelchair assistance is available on request. Wheelchair assistance can be arranged at the Volunteers Desk on arrival at the hospital. Alternatively you can contact the ward / department you are attending, prior to your visit.
    • Motorised Scooters
    • Motorised scooters are allowed within the hospital.