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PALS

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

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Introduction

  • Comments
    • PALS is located in the Newton Department on the ground floor of the main hospital building.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Friday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments
    • Consultation is available by appointment only from 10:00-15:00..

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.

Outside Access (PALS Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of the main hospital building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • 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.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single width.
    • The doors are light.
    • The door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in) wide.

Reception

  • The desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the entrance .
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk does not have a lowered section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk.

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.
  • Comments
    • At the time of the survey it was not possible to photograph the area.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 1m (3ft 3in) from the 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 double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Chairs with armrests are not available.
  • Announcements are in person.
  • There is not a television.
  • Vending machines are not available.
  • There is not 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 medium.

Accessible Toilet

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

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard facilities are located on the ground floor of the main hospital building.

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.