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Ward D20

Birmingham City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 7QH

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Introduction

  • Comments
    • Ward D20 is located on the first floor main spinal corridor.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Birmingham.
  • 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 Jewellery Quarter.

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 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 5 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 500cm (11ft 10in x 16ft 5in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 82m (90yd) from the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 100m (109yd) from the Main Hospital 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • 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 at the front of the Main Hospital Entrance.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the hospital.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 145cm (4ft 9in) wide.

Level Change (Main Hospital 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.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift (Lift 8)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the main spinal corridor.
  • The lift is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Main Hospital Entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • The clear door width is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 170cm x 240cm (5ft 7in x 7ft 10in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift controls are 130cm high.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not 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 main spinal corridor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • The intercom 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 132cm (4ft 4in) wide.

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.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is non slip.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Ward

  • There is level access to the ward.
  • The ward is unisex.
  • There are 2 bays available.
  • There are 1 side rooms available.
  • The area / room / bay surveyed was Bay 1.
  • The area / room / bay is 7m (22ft 12in) from the unit entrance .
  • There are doors to the bay / side room.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is vinyl.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre between beds.
  • All beds are adjustable.
  • All beds have bedside storage.
  • A hoist is available.
  • The hoist is electric.
  • A sling is available.
  • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
  • There is an accessible toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • There is a standard toilet for visitors to use on the ward.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 4m (13ft 1in) from the unit 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 88 cm wide.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located within Bay 1.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available are an adapted toilet.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments
    • There is a similar adapted shower within Bay 2.

Accessible Toilet (Female)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located within Bay 1.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the unit entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a female only toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The door is light.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 270cm x 290cm (8ft 10in x 9ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 195cm (6ft 5in).
    • 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.
    • 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 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 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).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin 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 dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • Signage on the door is interchangeable.
    • There is a similar adapted toilet within Bay 2.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilets are located within Bay 1.
    • The female toilets are 25m (27yd) from the unit entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilets are located to the rear of the ward.
    • The male toilets are 56m (61yd) from the unit entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • Signage on the doors are interchangeable.
    • There are handrails and a dropdown rail available within the female toilet.

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.
  • Help with luggage is generally available for inpatients.
  • 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.