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Ward 6b

Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 4AB

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Getting To The Hospital

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 in the main hospital corridor.
  • The telephone number for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is 01438 285 811.
  • The email address for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is pals.enh-tr@nhs.net.
  • There are volunteers available for help and assistance at the hospital.
  • Volunteers can be found at the main reception.
  • Volunteers do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • 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 on request and different languages on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area on the hospital site.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • BSL interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • Mobility aids are available to help patients move around and include; wheelchairs.
  • There are wheelchair collection points at all main entrances.
  • Comments
    • A fee of £1 is required to use the wheelchair(s).

Hospital Parking (Multi-Storey)

  • Parking
    • The hospital does have a dedicated car park.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the hospital site.
    • The car park type is multi storey.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 210cm (6ft 11in).
    • The car park does have a barrier control system.
    • The barrier controls/touchscreen can be reached from the car.
    • The car park surface is concrete.
    • There is a/are clearly marked/signposted Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 81 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the hospital car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 378cm x 689cm (12ft 5in x 22ft 7in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • Drop-off Point
    • There is a designated drop-off point.
    • The drop-off point is located to the right as you face the main hospital entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop-off point.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • Paying
    • There are parking charges for the hospital car park.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the payment machines in the hospital building.
    • Payment signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located inside the hospital building.
    • 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
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The hospital entrance is not clearly visible from the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the hospital entrance is clearly signposted.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the multi-storey lifts.

Getting To (Ward 6b)

  • Ward 6b is/are located on level 6 of Tower Block.
  • To see the hospital map please click here (opens new tab).
  • Access to Ward 6b is via the Main Entrance.
  • After entering the hospital via the main entrance proceed past reception into the main corridor. Go straight ahead and follow the corridor right to the end. At the end of the corridor turn right into the lift lobby. Take a lift up to level 6 turn and Ward 6b is on the left as you exit the lift lobby area.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to Ward 6b.
  • Ward 6b is approximately 17m from the Tower Block lifts.
  • Wayfinding signage is provided.
  • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • There is some flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is some flooring in corridors with large, repeating patterns that incorporate bold contrasting colours or simulate steps.

Outside Access 1111 (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • Entrance Details
    • This information is for the entrance located on the east side of the hospital site.
    • 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/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
    • The width of the door opening is 211cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • 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 172cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments
    • This entrance is open 24hrs.

Other Floors (Tower Block)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not 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.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift (Tower Block)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the main hospital building in the Tower Block/Orange Zone.
  • The lift is approximately 126m (137yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 132cm (4ft 4in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 156cm x 241cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Ward

  • Ward Information
    • This is a/an renal ward.
    • This is a shared ward.
    • There is/are 5 bay(s) available.
    • There is/are 6 side room(s) available.
    • There is/are 25 bed(s) on this ward in total.
  • Ward Access
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the ward.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 200cm (6ft 7in).
    • There is level access throughout the ward.
    • There is clear signage on the ward.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate and tiles.
    • There is some flooring on the ward with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
    • There is some flooring on the ward with large, repeating patterns that incorporate bold contrasting colours or simulate steps.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Reception/Nurses' Station
    • The height of the Nurses' Station desk is 98cm.
    • There is not a lowered section.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system available at the desk.
  • Relatives' Room
    • There is a relatives room for the ward.
    • The width of the door opening into the relatives room is over 75cm.
    • There is a clear turning space in the relatives room.
    • There is a/are chair(s) with armrests available within the relatives room.
  • Example Side Room
    • There are no side rooms available with an accessible ensuite.
  • Ward Features and Patient Facilities
    • A hearing assistance system is not available on the ward.
    • The ward does not play background music.
    • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
    • A mobile hoist is available on the ward.
    • There is an accessible washroom with a wheel in shower for patients on the ward.
    • There are not accessible toilet facilities for patients on the ward.
    • Toilets suitable for ambulant disabled patients are available on the ward.
  • Visitor Facilities
    • There are no accessible toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Accessible toilet facilities for visitors are located on levels 3 and 9.
    • There are no standard toilet facilities on the ward for visitors.
    • Standard toilet facilities for visitors are located in the corridor outside the ward entrance.
  • Comments
    • The height of the nurses' station desk in the north wing of the ward is 120cm.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Monday 18:30 - 20:00.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 18:30 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 18:30 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 18:30 - 20:00.
    • Friday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 18:30 - 20:00.
    • Saturday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday 18:30 - 20:00.
    • Sunday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Sunday 18:30 - 20:00.

Washroom

  • Washroom Details
    • The washroom surveyed has a wheel in shower and a wash basin.
    • There is/are 2 washroom(s) of this type in the unit.
    • There is step free access to the washroom surveyed once inside the ward.
    • This is an interchangeable between male and female washroom.
    • The washroom is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written or text signage on or near the washroom door.
    • The washroom door(s) open(s) inwards.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the washroom are 250cm x 200cm (8ft 2in x 6ft 7in).
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is within reach and fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the washroom.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s) 165cm from the floor.
    • There is a mirror.
    • There is not a tall mirror, with suitable specifications, for ease of use.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm.
    • As you face the wash basin the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • The tap type is twist/turn. It is not a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 91cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 120cm.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • The washroom has a non-slip floor.
    • The washroom surveyed does not have a ceiling tracking hoist.
  • Shower Details
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head is height adjustable.
    • The shower control type is twist/turn.
    • There is a flip down/tip up seat for the shower.
    • The height of the flip down/tip up or fixed seat is 53cm (1ft 9in).
    • There are wall-mounted grab rails available.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The colour contrast between the external washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the shower wall-mounted grab rails and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the washroom floor and walls is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Washroom

  • Washroom Details
    • The washroom surveyed has a wash basin.
    • The washroom surveyed is located in the North Wing.
    • There is ramped/sloped access to the washroom surveyed once inside the ward.
    • This is an interchangeable between male and female washroom.
    • There is pictorial and written or text signage on or near the washroom door.
    • The washroom door(s) open(s) inwards.
    • The door(s) is/are locked by a twist lock.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the washroom are 112cm x 148cm (3ft 8in x 4ft 10in).
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is within reach and fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the washroom.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s) 173cm from the floor.
    • There is a mirror.
    • There is not a tall mirror, with suitable specifications, for ease of use.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The height of the wash basin is 82cm.
    • As you face the wash basin the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • The tap type is twist/turn. It is not a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 120cm.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • The washroom does not have a non-slip floor.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The colour contrast between the external washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal washroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the washroom floor and walls is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Consultation / Treatment Room

  • There is / are 1 consultation / treatment room(s) available.
  • The name / number of the room surveyed was; Treatment Room.
  • There is level access to the consultation / treatment room.
  • There is a/are door(s) into the consultation / treatment room.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • The type of flooring is vinyl/laminate.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is adjustable.
  • There is sufficient space next to the bed/couch for a mobile hoist to operate.
  • There is not a chair.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is electric.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
  • The room does not have background music playing.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the North Wing corridor.
    • 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 inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 180cm (4ft 11in x 5ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the seat.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • 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 twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • 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 soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 10cm.
    • 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (Patients)

Standard Toilet(s) (Visitors)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s)
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located in the corridor immediately outside the ward.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the ward entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

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