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MidCentral DHB is developing a disability-friendly hospital map

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posted by WM Admin on 2015-06-25 09:46:54.329

MidCentral DHB media release, 25 June 2015

People with disabilities will benefit from a new Palmerston North Hospital campus map soon to be available showing as many disability-friendly features as possible, making access to health services simpler.

The map – a one-stop map – showing the location of  40 mobility car parks; ramp and lift access to buildings, disability toilets; low counters for people in wheelchairs; hearing loops; Braille on lifts; 19 taxi cab spots for easy pick-up, and many more.

Until now the hospital has had a number of maps with some disability features on each. This has meant people with disabilities have had to check all of the maps to see things like where are the closest mobility car parks; does the building have steps or ramp or lift access; where can a taxi drop them off and pick them up from; and does the building they go to have wheelchair access to counters and disability toilets.

Soon, it will be made easier for all our patients, including those with a disability, to check out/copy the map to make sure they will be more easily able to attend appointments.

Director Patient Safety and Clinical Effectiveness Muriel Hancock welcomes the initiative. “For people with disabilities this new map should make accessing all our services much easier. We hope our efforts in producing one map with all disability-friendly features will be welcomed. We are also keen to hear about other disability-friendly features we could consider adding to the map in future.”

If anyone has any other ideas to make it simpler for people with disabilities that we could include in the map can you please telephone (06) 350 8945, or email