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Day Surgery Unit

Leigh Infirmary, The Avenue, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 1HS

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in December 2020.
  • Visiting is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice. The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer –will be permitted to visit are listed below:
    • The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.
    • You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.
    • You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.
    We ask that you should only visit patients on the hospital sites in these exceptional circumstances if you are not self-isolating and are currently well.
    Please contact the ward or department in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements.
  • The Trust understands that this will be upsetting and are very sorry for any distress that this may cause. However, your health, safety and wellbeing, and that of patients, communities, individuals, and teams across the organisation remain our absolute priority. Please find other ways of keeping in touch with your loved ones in hospital, like phone and video calls.
  • Everyone should follow the expert national guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, staying at home wherever possible, to help limit the spread of coronavirus, protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and our NHS.
  • Due to ongoing building work in response to the pandemic there may be limited parking. Those attending appointments please allow time to find suitable parking.
  • A member of staff is located at all main entrances to ensure people wear face coverings, hand sanitise and have their temperature checked before entering the premises.
  • You will be asked to clean your hands with hand sanitiser as soon as you arrive. There are hand sanitising stations throughout the hospitals / sites.
  • Signage has been introduced advising to 'keep left' in corridors.
  • You will find in seating areas there is signage on which chairs to use, this is to help keep people socially distanced.
  • Signs have been put up on walls and doors to remind people to maintain social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Whilst WWL expects everyone to wear a face covering if they can, they do recognise that some patients may find this difficult due to health or disability. In these instances patients must be reassured and other measures considered on a case by case basis (in line with Trust Infection Control protocol), i.e. clear face shields.
  • All staff will wear face masks throughout the hospitals.

Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Day Surgery Unit is located along the main hospital corridor next to the outpatients clinic areas.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:30 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 17:00.
  • Friday 07:30 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Leigh.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Atherton.

Parking (Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There is/are 4 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 270cm x 620cm (8ft 10in x 20ft 4in).
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 77m (84yd 7in) from the main hospital entrance.
  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 87m (95yd 5in) 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.
  • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

Outside Access (Main Hospital Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of this entrance.

Outside Access (Day Surgery Unit Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located along the main hospital corridor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 134cm (4ft 5in) wide.

Reception (Admissions)

  • The desk is 7m (22ft 12in) from the unit entrance .
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • 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 not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is non slip.
  • Lighting levels are varied.

Waiting Room / Area

  • There is a waiting room / area.
  • The waiting room / area is 5m (16ft 5in) 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 single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The door opening is 77 cm wide.
  • The type of flooring is carpet.
  • 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 not space for an assistance dog to rest.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Consulting Room)

  • There are 6 consultation/treatment rooms available.
  • The room surveyed was Interview Room.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 2m (6ft 7in) 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 78cm (2ft 7in) wide.
  • The type of flooring is carpet.
  • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a bed / couch.
  • The bed / couch is not adjustable.
  • A hoist is not available.
  • There is a chair.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The chair is not adjustable.
  • No chairs with armrests available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Consultation / Treatment Room (Gastro Unit)

  • There are 7 consultation/treatment rooms available.
  • The room surveyed was Gastro Unit.
  • The consultation / treatment room is 24m (26yd) 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 double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in) 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.
  • A hoist is not available.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left along the unit corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the unit entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 220cm x 260cm (7ft 3in x 8ft 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not 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 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are poor.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Disability Awareness Training
  • All Trust staff undertake disability awareness training as part of their Equality and Diversity training.
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the hospital and the Outpatient areas.
  • However, assistance dogs are not allowed into direct multi-patient clinical areas, such as wards, due to Infection Control and also other reasons.
  • Staff are usually asked to accommodate a side room or visiting area for patients that require an assistance dog or people visiting with an assistance dog.
  • Patient Information
  • Patient information and correspondence can be requested in large print, Braille, audio and in other languages.
  • To request these documents you can call: 01942 773106.
  • Mobility Aids
  • Mobility aids available within the hospital include bariatric beds and wheelchairs, manual hoists, hoist slings, tri wheel walkers, walking sticks, walking frames, crutches and commodes which are all available on request.
  • There is no charge for mobility aids.
  • Volunteers
  • Volunteers are available for help and assistance.
  • Volunteers are located on the desk just inside the Main Hospital Entrance.
  • Language Interpreters
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • An interpreter service is provided for patients whose first language is not English.
  • Hearing Assistance
  • Portable hearing loops are available on request.
  • Typetalk,
  • Switchboard staff are Typetalk aware.
  • Children
  • Children are welcome within the hospital, however, visiting with children under the age of 12 is discouraged, unless the patient is a parent, brother or sister.
  • Wheelchair Assistance
  • Wheelchair assistance is available on request. Wheelchair assistance can be arranged at the Volunteers Desk on arrival at the hospital. Alternatively you can contact the ward / department you are attending, prior to your visit.
  • Motorised Scooters
  • Motorised scooters are allowed within the hospital.