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Smithers and Cau Ward

The Royal Marsden, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PT

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Getting To The Hospital

  • By Road View
    • The Main Hospital Entrance is located off Downs Road and is approximately 1.5 miles south of Sutton town centre via the B2230 Brighton Road. If going via the M25 from the south leave the M25 at Junction 8 and join the A217 to Sutton. Continue for approximately eight miles until you reach a roundabout with a signpost for the B2230 Brighton Road to Sutton. Take the first turning on the right into Downs Road. The turning is just after a small hump back bridge and immediately before the pedestrian crossing. Continue over the crossroads. The Royal Marsden is the second turning on the left.
    • There is a car park on site for patients and visitors. Parking is limited and travelling by public transport is encouraged. There are car parking spaces for patients and visitors to be dropped off which include Blue Badge bays. All other parking is chargeable, including Blue Badge holders. Patients may be given free parking permits to cover the days of their treatment.
  • By Bus View
    • London and local bus routes run close to the hospital or terminate nearby. Bus numbers may vary due to changes in routes. Currently, bus numbers 80, 280, 420 and S1 run along Brighton Road, Downs Road and Cotswold Road. They connect with Morden underground station (Northern Line), and Sutton, Tooting, Redhill and Banstead train stations. You should ask for the Downs Road stop. Bus numbers S3 and S4 stop in the hospital grounds, outside the main entrance. They run every 30 minutes (peak hours only, no Sunday service) and both pass through Sutton town centre and stop at the train station. The S3 bus terminates at Worcester Park station and the S4 at Roundshaw. There is a live bus information screen at a high level, located above the site map, just inside the main entrance.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train stations are; Sutton and Belmont.

      Sutton Station: served by trains running from London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars, London Kings Cross (First Capital Connect), Clapham Junction and Horsham, Sussex. For connecting services from the south coast, change at Horsham. For connecting services from West London, change at Wimbledon. The hospital is about a mile and a half from Sutton station and is an uphill walk. The journey takes about ten minutes by bus or taxi.

      Belmont Station: served by trains on the London Victoria to Epsom Downs line. Belmont station is a quarter of a mile from the hospital. Trains run every hour and more frequently during peak travel times. There is no Sunday service. The walk from Belmont station is also uphill.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest underground station is Morden (Northern Line). There is lift access at this station. The station is approximately 6 miles from the hospital.
  • 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 on the West Wing corridor, to the left off the main entrance foyer.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 0800 783 7176.
  • The email address for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is [email protected]
  • There are not volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • Hospital staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • No hospital staff receive deaf awareness training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request, large print, different languages and audio.
  • 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 the porter service, through any of the service receptions.
  • The Royal Marsden Help Centre includes details of the PALS service and The Royal Marsden Macmillan Hotline Service. There are also links to patient guides and booklets which can be downloaded. The Hotline provides specialist advice and support to all Royal Marsden patients, their carers, and hospital and community-based doctors and nurses caring for Royal Marsden patients. You can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 020 8915 6899. Email contact details are also available for those who are not able to use the telephone service. Please see the website for further details.
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Hospital Parking

  • Parking View
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located to the east of the main building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does have a barrier control system.
    • Controls at the barrier are within the range of 100cm to 110cm.
    • The barrier controls/touchscreen can be reached from the car.
    • 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 and signposted.
    • There is/are 10+ 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 to the right of the Main Hospital 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 not clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the entrance to the car park and at the payment machines in the car park.
    • Payment signs do not make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located outside the Main Hospital Entrance and the Radiotherapy Treatment entrance.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • To see the hospital parking charges please click here (opens new tab).
  • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The hospital entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Main Hospital Entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is a hatched zone around some of the Blue Badge bays.
    • There are 4 Blue Badge bays to the right of the car park entrance barrier. These bays are for short stay use only (up to 20 minutes).
    • Like the drop off bays, there is no charge to park in these spaces.
    • There is a level route between these bays and the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • There are 13 further Blue Badge bays in the main car park after the barrier.
    • These are in the first two sections to the right after the barrier.
    • There is a steep slope on the road and footpath between these bays and the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • The dropped kerb to access the footpath is uphill from the bays, so wheelchair users will probably need to use the roadway.
    • This steep slope can be bypassed using the Radiotherapy entrance from the car park and taking Lift 9 to the basement level.
    • There is then level access on the basement corridor to access other services in the main building using Lift 7 to access the East Wing or Lift 1 or 2 to access the West Wing.
    • There are 11 parent and child parking bays outside the entrance to the Oak Centre (photographs 7 and 8).
    • These are reserved for families attending day care appointments only in the Oak Centre.
    • A parking permit must be obtained from the Oak Centre reception and the car registration details recorded there.

Getting To (Smithers Ward And Cau Ward)

  • Smithers Ward And Cau Ward is/are located on the second floor of the West Wing.
  • Access to Smithers Ward And Cau Ward is via the Hospital Main entrance.
  • Enter via the Main Hospital Entrance, continue ahead and turn left down the corridor past the Friends of Marsden Charity Shop. Proceed through the doors towards the North Wing, passing the lifts to the left and through The Cherry Tree Cafe and via the West Wing entrance. Follow the corridor to the West Wing lift 3 on the right. Take the lift to the second floor and on exiting the Smithers Ward and Cau Ward is to the right.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Smithers Ward And Cau Ward.
  • Smithers Ward is approximately 14m from the West Wing lift 3.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • There is flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the main hospital building off Downs Road.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • Standard manual wheelchairs are available for people to borrow at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm.
    • 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 200cm.
  • Comments View
    • Wheelchairs available to borrow are usually located after the first set of entrance doors.

Other Floors (West Wing (Lifts 3 and 4))

  • Stairs View
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B,G,1,2,3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor of the building are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Lift (West Wing Lifts 3 and 4)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the end of the West Wing, beyond the Cherry Tree Restaurant.
  • Signs indicating the location of this lift are not clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 80m (87yd 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 B,G,1,2,3.
  • 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.
  • Lighting levels are at least 100 lux at floor level in the lift lobby.
  • 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 145cm x 210cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is 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 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
    • The lift described is lift 3 (photograph 1).
    • Lift 4 (photograph 2) is around the corner to the left. It is similar but smaller inside (113 x 140cm).
    • Level access to these lifts from the Hospital Main Entrance is through the Cherry Tree Restaurant.
    • This avoids the steep ramp up at the start of the West Wing Corridor then a steep ramp down at the end of the corridor, which is the route signposted from the main entrance foyer.

Entrance (Smithers Ward Entrance)

  • Entrance Details View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the second floor of the West Wing.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed with the name of the service/department.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a hand sanitiser at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 155cm.

Opening Times (Visiting Hours)

  • Monday Closed.
  • Tuesday Closed.
  • Wednesday Closed.
  • Thursday Closed.
  • Friday Closed.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • The ward closes for lunch at 12.30-14.00 and for dinner at 18.00-19.00.

Ward (Smithers Ward)

  • Ward Information View
    • This is a/an oncology ward.
    • This is a female ward.
    • There is/are 4 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 4 side room(s) available.
    • There is/are 23 bed(s) on this ward in total.
  • Ward Access View
    • There is not a/are not door(s) leading into the ward.
    • There is level access throughout the ward.
    • There is clear signage on the ward.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
    • There is some flooring on the ward which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Reception/Nurses' Station View
    • The height of the ward reception desk is 110cm.
    • There is not a lowered section.
    • There is a hearing assistance system available at the desk.
  • Example Side Room View
    • There are multiple side rooms available with accessible ensuites.
    • The side room surveyed does have an accessible ensuite.
    • The width of the door opening into the side room is over 75cm.
    • The side room surveyed does not have a ceiling track hoist.
    • There is not sufficient space next to the bed for a mobile hoist to operate.
    • There is not room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre around the bed.
    • Bedside storage is available.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and the floor in the side room is good.
    • The lighting levels in the side room are bright.
    • The width of the door opening into the ensuite is over 75cm.
    • There is not a clear unobstructed turning space within the ensuite.
    • The fixtures/facilities available in the ensuite include; a shower and a toilet.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and the floor in the ensuite is good.
    • The lighting levels in the ensuite are bright.
  • Ward Features and Patient Facilities View
    • A hearing assistance system is available on the ward.
    • The ward does not play background music.
    • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
  • Visitor Facilities View
    • There are no accessible toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Accessible toilet facilities for visitors are located on the ground floor in the West Wing main corridor.
    • There are no standard toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Standard toilet facilities for visitors are located on the ground floor in the West Wing main corridor.

Room / Area (Day Room)

  • There is / are 1 room(s) / area(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room / area surveyed was; Day Room.
  • The room / area is approximately 16m from the Smithers Ward entrance.
  • There is level access to the room / area.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the room / area.
  • 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 92cm (3ft).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is not room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is not a bed / couch.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair(s) is not/are not adjustable.
  • All chairs have armrests available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • The room / area does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room / area.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Peak Times

  • Please note - Public areas may become crowded during peak times.

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