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St Paul's Clinical Eye Research Centre - First Floor

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP

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Introduction

  • Comments
    • St Paul's Clinical Eye Research Centre is located on the ground and first floors.
    • There is not internal access between the two departments.
    • The first floor can be accessed by using the Linda McCartney Centre lift or stairs, next to the hospital side entrance.

Opening Times

  • Opening times do vary depending on timetabling.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Liverpool.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Liverpool Lime Street.

Parking

  • Parking on the main hospital site is limited to staff and permit holders.
  • There is some disabled parking on site but it is generally used by staff with the exception of the Diabetic Centre where outpatients of that facility can park if displaying a Blue Badge.
  • It may be possible to drive onto the site to drop off disabled patients outside the side or rear entrances but this is at the discretion of security staff.
  • There are drop-off areas outside the Main and Emergency Department Entrances and also outside the Linda McCartney and Education Centres, but vehicles must not be parked in these areas.
  • Patients and visitors can park in the nearby secure Q-Park facility which is situated less than a 5 minute walk from the hospital and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The vehicle entrance to Q-Park is on Epworth Street (off Erskine Street).
  • A pedestrian exit is available on the Prescot Road side of the car park.
  • The car park has over 40 designated Blue Badge bays on level 1 and two additional bays on each of the other levels. The dimensions of the bays are 3.5m x 6.5 (11ft 5in x 21ft 3in).
  • Parking charges are the same for Blue Badge holders.
  • There is a height restriction of 2.1 metres (6ft 10in) at Q-Park so if you have a vehicle above this height please contact the Trust’s Security Team on 0151 706 2228 to make alternative arrangements.
  • A shuttle bus services runs between the Q-Park car park and the Royal and Dental Hospitals.
  • The bus runs on request and car park staff can radio for one to come within a few minutes.

Outside Access (Hospital Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the hospital.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 144cm (4ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.
  • Comments
    • Level access applies if being dropped off by vehicle only.

Other Floors (Access To Linda McCartney and Education Centres)

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

Lift (Access To Linda McCartney and Education Centres)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located immediately beyond the side entrance.
  • The lift is 1m (3ft 3in) from side entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 160cm x 235cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Outside Access (Unit Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 154cm (5ft 1in) wide.

Level Change (Unit Entrance)

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

Reception

  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the unit entrance.
  • 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 not generally staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 1m (3ft 3in) from the unit entrance.
  • There is level access into the waiting room / area.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • All 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 bright.
  • Comments
    • There are identical waiting areas throughout the unit.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Clinical Examination Room 3)

  • There are 9 consultation/treatment rooms available.
  • The room surveyed was Clinical Examination Room 3.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 24m (26yd 9in) from the unit 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 single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a chair.
  • All chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair is adjustable.
  • All chairs have armrests available.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Counselling Room)

  • The room surveyed was Counselling Room.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 3m (3yd 10in) from the unit 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 single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is carpet.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair is not adjustable.
  • All chairs have armrests available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the corridor beyond reception.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the unit entrance.
    • There is level access to this 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 locking handle.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 155cm x 190cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • 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 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 124cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • 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 dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Disability awareness training can be provided for staff.
  • The most commonly used documents can be produced in different formats on request.
  • Different formats include Braille, large print and different languages.
  • British Sign Language Interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language Interpreters can be provided on request.
  • The main languages requested are Cantonese, Arabic, Somali, Mandarin, Polish and Kurdish.
  • Registered assistance dogs are generally welcomed in all areas although departments with high risk from infection, such as wards and intensive care units, should be contacted in advance.
  • Switchboard staff are Type Talk aware.
  • Help with luggage is available for inpatients.
  • The mobility aids available in the hospital include mobile hoists, ceiling tracking hoists, wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs, tri wheel walkers, shower chairs, bath hoists, commodes, walking sticks, walking frames, hoist slings, adjustable beds and crutches.
  • There is no charge for mobility aids.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact a nurse/doctor.
  • There is not a mobility scooter charging point at the hospital.
  • Portable hearing loop systems are available at the hospital.