26 November 2008

The Royal Brompton Hospital

The Royal Brompton Hospital is the top hospital for heart and lung problems, I am under the hospital due to my disablity and shallow breathing. The hospital is in an old victorian building that is very well built.

Don't worry about the steps in the photo, yes that is the main entrance but where the amblances park and where a few disabled bays are round the back of the hospital that enterance has a ramp and a set of anutomatic doors that open towards you.

I go to the brompton hospital every so often for a check up with Dr Simonds who is a wonderful person, and who is very professional at her job.

I also have a VPAP that I got from the brompton to help my carbon dioxide levels from getting to high. I had to go in and try it out at the Lind Clinic and I found it hard at first but Dr Simonds told me this moto: "Treat the machine like a friend" and from then on I have used it all night.

The Address of The Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street,
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121

Map of where the Brompton Hospital is

Parking: the hospital is in a parking meter zone. There are very limited spaces available in front of Sydney Wing for disabled badge-holders and parents of paediatric patients only.

The nearest public car park is three minutes’ walk away on Sydney Street, near the King’s Road and is run by CP Plus Parking. On-street parking is allowed in metered bays in nearby side streets. Both options are expensive.

There are four parking spaces for disabled drivers in Cale Street, three in Foulis Terrace and five in Dudmaston Mews (behind Fulham wing). View our map including locations of disabled parking.


The Brompton Hospital has a cafe that I have yet to see but they take food seriously, so it should be very good

As well as the brompton having a cafe it also has it's own flower shop that is run by volunteers, members of 'The Friends of the Royal Brompton Hospital.

The Friends also have a shop where you can buy Chocolates , Teabags etc, and they run the Tea Bar as well.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK and among the largest in Europe. We work from two sites, Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, West London and Harefield Hospital near Uxbridge.

The Access is very good via the accessible entrance, the hospital is clean and there are lifts that take you to the floor you want.

I have got one of the SIT STOP seats fitted by the lifts so you are able to sit on it while you wait for the very slow lifts.

if you want to find out more please visit the SIT STOP page.

To find out more about the Royal Brompton Hospital please visit their website at: http://www.rbht.nhs.uk/home/.

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since I have been in the hospital so many times here is my fly on the wall look at the workings from the patients view

19 November 2008

Ikea Croydon


The Carpark is very large but not very well signposted, we got a disabled parkingt bay with a cover, it was late Sunday morning so it was luck that we got a disabled bay, but it does look like Ikea is taking abuse of the bays seriously.

At the main entrance there is a rotating door that not everyone likes so they have a normal door that is meant to be automatic by a push button but wasn't working so we used it as a normal door.

I went to do some shopping at Ikea Croydon, it was not the nearest store to us but we wanted the store with the most Herman Chairs, because we are hoping to use them in advertising SIT STOP. Due to the colour of the seats being either yellow or Black, they did have a white one as well the price was only £9.99.

Ikea is very accessible for people in scooters, wheelchairs, or those with moblity problems because they have a lift to the showrooms, that is the whole of the top floor. Please note that it is quite a long way round, yes there is a short cut but they have hidden it very well, I walked all the way round, there are plenty of seats to sit on in the showrooms because they want to show the seats of to the best they can do.

I then went for a coffee and a bite to eat in the Resturant where I had a snack with my coffee, When you buy your first cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate you can go up and sterve yourself to as many re-fills as you wish.

Here is a sample from the Ikea menu:
Enjoy a hearty breakfast from only 95p. Don't forget your unlimited re-fill of tea/coffee for only 75p.10 good reasons to visit our restaurant (pdf size 1.6mb)

Good news
Visit our Swedish food market for some great ideas. There are some fantastic Swedish specialities that you can take home to enjoy.

IKEA food services
Take home a taste of Sweden
Like the meatballs in the restaurant? Now you can eat them at home! We've launched our own food products to make sure you can enjoy IKEA quality and low price whenever you want. Check out the whole range of Swedish traditional specialties in our food shop situated after the checkouts.Fried meatballs are among the indispensable courses at the world-famous Swedish smorgasbord. Then they are usually served with no trimmings together with herring and sausages. For lunch and dinner, however meatballs are served with potatoes, lingonberry jam and cream sauce. Two of these three accessories can also be bought in your local store.Suitable food before during and after assembling IKEA furniture.
Taste of Sweden
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Swedish Meatballs
Try our traditional Swedish meatballs with cream sauce and lingonberry sauce. Small(10) £3.75 regular (15) £4.25 large (20) £5.75.
from £3.75
Generous slices of salmon marinated with dill, sugar and spices served with a sweet mustard sauce. Enjoy it with a piece of crispbread or warm boiled potatoes.
Prawn & Egg Open Sandwich
Delicious cold water prawns, creamy mayonnaise, hard boiled egg, fresh crisp lettuce leaves served on top of a piece of healthy rye bread.
Meatball Open Sandwich
Meatballs on a bed of lettuce topped with beetroot mayonnaise.
Oven Baked Salmon
Oven baked salmon on a bed of vegatables with apple glaze

They do have accessible toilets nearby signposted by a huge sign that reads 'Toilets' blue on white, the toilet also has a baby changing unit in it.

After a bite we went down to the Market Place, that used to be downstairs but now is partly on the same floor as the

The Market Place is the whole of the lower floor and needs more seats, they do have a few benches but to few.

When we got to the checkouts we had a hour left before the store closed at 5pm, and we needed to have a drink to relax us at the cafe I got a tea and a coffee for a £1.00

Then they want you to visit the swedish shop at the end of the visit to Ikea.
Map IKEA Croydon Store

Store opening hours:Weekdays: 10am - midnightSaturday: 9am - 11pmSunday: 11am - 5pm(Open for browsing from 10am)Bank Holidays: 10am - 10pmRestaurant opening times:Weekdays: 9.30am - 11pmSaturday: 9am - 10.30pmSunday: 10am - 4.30pmBank Holidays: 10am - 9.30pm

For more information visit the Ikea website at:http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/store/croydon

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