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Radiology (X-Ray)

Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5BD

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Introduction

  • Services/facilities include; Radiology (X-Ray), MRI and Ultrasound and CT Scans.
  • Radiology is located on the first floor in Area D.

Opening Times

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Northampton.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Northampton.

Parking (Main Hospital Entance - Cliftonville)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is 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 460cm x 325cm (15ft 1in x 10ft 8in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 6m (19ft 8in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 28m (31yd) from the main 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.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • 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
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located outside the main hospital entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.
  • Comments
    • Additional Parking Information:
    • Parking is free for registered disabled Blue Badge holders in pay and display car parks and marked disabled bays, but not within barrier entry and exit car parks. The additional visitor car park areas at the hospital are as follows:
    • Car Park 1 - Main car park for all wards and departments (Pay on foot - 200 spaces, no designated bays)
    • Car Parks 3 and 4 - Parking for maternity, eye department, blood taking unit and outpatients (Pay and display - 100 spaces, including some designated bays)
    • Car Park 5 - Parking for oncology and elderly medicine (Pay and display - 20 spaces, including some designated bays)
    • Car Park 2 is for staff use only between 07:00 – 15:00 Mon-Fri, but available to visitors outside these times.
    • Additional disabled parking spaces are located near to all major entrances to the hospital.

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance - Cliftonville)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the hospital.
  • 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 door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in).

Level Change (Main Hospital Entrance - Cliftonville)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Radiology - X-Ray)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor of the hospital.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in) wide.

Reception (Radiology)

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed 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.

Reception (MRI)

  • The desk is 41m (45yd) from the 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 prescription box.
  • 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 not play background music.
  • Route finding signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is vinyl.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Waiting Room / Area (Radiology)

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 22m (24yd) from the entrance .
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There are not doors into the waiting room / area.
  • The type of flooring is carpet and vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No 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.

Waiting Room / Area (Ultrasound and CT Scan)

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 22m (24yd) from the 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.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No 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.

Waiting Room / Area (MRI)

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 40m (44yd) from the entrance .
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • There are doors into the waiting room / area.
  • The type of flooring is carpet.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs with armrests are available.
  • No 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 (Radiology)

  • The room surveyed was X-Ray Room E.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 28m (31yd) from the 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 130cm (4ft 3in) 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 not a chair.
  • 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.
  • A flashing alarm is not available.
  • A vibrating alarm is not available.
  • Lighting levels are low.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Ultrasound and CT Scan)

  • The room surveyed was Scan Room.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 26m (28yd) from the 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 140cm (4ft 7in) 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 not a chair.
  • 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.
  • A flashing alarm is not available.
  • A vibrating alarm is not available.
  • Lighting levels are low.

Consultation / Treatment Room (MRI)

  • The room surveyed was MRI Scan Room.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 50m (55yd) from the entrance .
  • There are doors into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in) 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 not a chair.
  • 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.
  • A flashing alarm is not available.
  • A vibrating alarm is not available.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Standard Changing Room (Ultrasound and CT Scan)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located in the waiting area.
  • The standard changing room is 24m (26yd) from the entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 3m (9ft 10in) from the reception desk.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments
    • There are additional standard changing facilities located in the MRI and Radiology departments.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the rear of Radiology in waiting room 4.
    • The accessible toilet is 45m (49yd 8in) from the unit entrance.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 218cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 2in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is sensor.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are not available.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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).
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Ultrasound and CT Scan)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s)
    • The unisex toilets are located to the right as you face reception.
    • Unisex toilets are 23m (25yd 6in) from the entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the unisex toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located to the right as you face reception.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments
    • There are additional standard facilities located in the Radiology waiting area.

Standard Toilet(s) (MRI)

Additional Info

  • Disability Awareness Training can be provided for staff.
  • The most commonly used documents can be provided in different formats on request.
  • Different formats include Braille, large print, different languages, audio and voice recognition.
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Registered assistance dogs are generally welcomed in all areas, although departments with high risk of infection such as wards and intensive care units should be contacted in advance.
  • Switchboard staff are Typetalk aware.
  • Help with luggage is available for inpatients.
  • Help for people with mobility impairments can be provided through Friends of the Northampton General Hospital, who provide a buggy transport service to access areas of the hospital.
  • The mobility aids available in the hospital include mobile hoists, wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs, tri wheel walkers, shower chairs, bath hoists, commodes, walking sticks, walking frames, hoist slings, adjustable beds and crutches.
  • To obtain mobility aids, please contact a member of staff.
  • There is not a mobility scooter charging point at the hospital.
  • Fixed hearing loops are available in some departments.
  • Portable hearing loops are available on request.