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Newton 3 - Orthopaedic Trauma Unit

Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ

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Introduction

  • Comments
    • Newton 3 - Orthopaedic Trauma Unit is located in the Newton Department on the third floor of the main hospital building.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in West Bromwich.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Sandwell and Dudley.

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 type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 10+ Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 240cm x 482cm (7ft 10in x 15ft 10in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main hospital entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 24m (26yd 9in) from the main hospital entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • 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 (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the hospital.
  • 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 automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 174cm (5ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door opening is 133cm (4ft 4in) wide.

Reception

  • The desk is 4m (13ft 1in) from the main entrance .
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.
  • There is not a touch screen.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk.
  • Comments
    • The reception is open 07:45-19:15 Monday to Friday.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • 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 at the rear of the reception foyer.
  • The lift is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main hospital entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 145cm x 262cm (4ft 9in x 8ft 7in).
  • 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 have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Waiting Room / Area

  • 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 towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 173 cm wide.
  • 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.

Outside Access (Newton 3 - Orthopaedic Trauma Unit Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the third floor of the hospital.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • 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 door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 156cm (5ft 1in) wide.

Reception (Nurse's Station)

  • The desk is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk.
  • Comments
    • At the time of the survey it was not possible to photograph the area.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Route finding signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Ward

  • There is level access to the ward.
  • The ward is unisex.
  • There are 5 bays available.
  • There are 4 side rooms available.
  • The area / room / bay surveyed was Bay 5 (Beds 25-30).
  • There are doors to the bay / side room.
  • The main doors open by sliding.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 142cm (4ft 8in) 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.
  • Bedside services available are television, telephone, radio, internet, games and hospital information.
  • Some of these services are chargeable.
  • 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 8m (8yd 2ft).
  • 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 11m (12yd 1in).
  • There is a bathroom on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 14:30 - 16:00.
    • Monday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Tuesday 14:30 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 14:30 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 14:30 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Friday 14:30 - 16:00.
    • Friday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Saturday 14:30 - 16:00.
    • Saturday 18:00 - 20:00.
    • Sunday 14:30 - 16:00.
    • Sunday 18:00 - 20:00.

Standard Bathroom (Female)

  • The bathroom is interchangeable between male and female.
  • The standard bathroom is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The facilities available in the standard bathroom include a toilet, a shower, a sink and an emergency cord.
  • Comments
    • There is one deep step to access the cubicle.
    • There is a mobile hoist available for this facility.

Standard Bathroom (Male)

  • The bathroom is interchangeable between male and female.
  • The standard bathroom is 11m (12yd 1in) from the ward entrance.
  • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The facilities available in the standard bathroom include a toilet, a bath, a shower, a sink and an emergency cord.
  • Comments
    • There is one deep step to access the cubicle.
    • There is a mobile hoist available for this facility.

Accessible Toilet

  • Adapted facilities are located on the third floor of the main hospital building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilets are located on the left after you enter.
    • The female toilets are 7m (22ft 12in) from the ward entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilets are located on the left after you enter.
    • The male toilets are 6m (19ft 8in) from the ward entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

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.