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PIP assessment centres

Blackburn - Royal Blackburn Hospital

Hillview
Royal Blackburn Hospital
Haslingden Road
Blackburn
BB2 3HH

Can you tell other claimants anything about travel and facilities for this PIP face-to-face assessment centre? Please post in the comments section below if you can. 

Things like:

  • Distance to nearest bus stop or rail station.
  • Nearest parking, any disabled parking.
  • Distance to walk if you’re dropped as close to the door as possible.
  • Wheelchair access.
  • Toilets, including disabled toilets.
  • Ground floor or first floor.
  • Lift available.
  • Anything else you think might be helpful.

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Comments  

#3 jacquelinej 2016-02-01 11:47
In the letter i received i was asked to attend Preston at 9.30am when somebody i know got Blackburn i live 2 mins from Hillview i rung the number on the letter and they changed my appointment to Blackburn worth a call i found them very helpful
#2 norder 2016-01-27 13:21
A half hour car journey for me. Impossible by public transport; would have taken at least 3 hours each way and 3 buses and £30 by taxi. A very old building up a long bumpy ramp from the main car park which is invariably full. Couldn't get out of car park as there is no voice message from the barrier. Husband had to dump car and walk into the hospital with my blue badge to get the parking card stamped. There doesn't seem to be anywhere in the assessment centre to do this. Building is old and run down; corridors barely wide enough for a wheelchair to turn into rooms. It was ground floor. Doors into the centre incredibly heavy and open outwards; really difficult with a wheelchair. Only one door had an automatic lock with buzzer but still had to be pushed open. NO one came to help. It's a long walk uphill from the closest bus stop at the hospital entrance. Couldn't find a toilet labelled disabled but was able to get chair into a normal one but couldn't turn round to open door to get out or to lock door. Husband had to stand guard outside. The hospital is on top of a hill so extremely windy and bitterly cold. Do allow at least half an hour to find a parking space in the main car park. At 1pm there were several at the far end but by 3pm cars were queuing 20 deep to get in or out.
#1 Susan 2016-01-13 16:33
Hillview is at the back of main hospital car park up some steps, but if your in a car you by pass main entrance ,and take the next entrance think it says staff parking,then follow signs for hillview there is limited parking at entrance with a couple of disabled bays, inside its all on ground floor, with wheelchair near front door presume you can use it if need be.By public transport the bus stop's at main hospital door so you've a good walk through car park to get to Hillview. I live 20minutes away by car but a good hour and half using public transport my daughter drove me .

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