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PIP assessment centres

Halifax - Dean Clough

Jamie Bell Physiotherapy
Dean Clough

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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#2 soozie 2016-02-16 18:54
I got a taxi, which dropped me at the 'door' but the door leads to a badly signed reception which is down a very long corridor, there are two sets of stairs , the first having a wheelchair lift. There are no chairs along the corridor.

Reception is actually a large gift shop. You wait on low sofas. The room is bright, with huge windows and spotlights. People are constantly walking through and the woodfloors and echoey room amplify footsteps. They had music playing and were often several members of staff merrily chatting. Also , theres a security box next to the sofas which kept bleeping. I feel this is important as i expected a doctors waiting room type of experience and i struggle with sensory sensitivity.

The actual assessment room is back up the stairs and along another corridor, then another to get to the room. There are no arm rests in the chairs.

The assessment finished earliet than anticipated. I walked back and took a sit down in the loos. If , like me you take a break in your walking you can try to stand against a wall and look at the art on display throughout the corridor and maybe, like me you'll find yourself amongst a group of tourists who look as though they were trying to decipher whether your art or on something. From the loo i arranged for the taxi to cime straight away.

But there's no chairs or benches to wait on. Fortunately the taxi arrived before my body gave out although im not sure it's in my favour that it made it home .

Overall a dreadful and appalling location for a medical assessment. I wish i had have found this out first. Hope it helps you plan for your needs.
+3 #1 ellilu 2016-01-27 11:38
Dean Clough is easy enough to find but once you're in there, its like a maze! I went by car and followed the directions to the letter and entered by Gate 1. The disabled parking is VERY confusing because there are disabled signs which then have 'loading area only' on them so I ended up having to find a regular parking space quite away from the entrance but put my Blue Badge on.
It was quite a walk to the Reception which isn't very clearly signed anyway and I had to ask a shop owner where it was. Once inside, you have to go down stairs to reception - I didn't see a lift but there must be one somewhere. Then I had to go back upstairs for my interview.
There are plenty of toilets including disabled ones and its a very nice clean place but if you don't know Halifax and Dean Clough Mills, then I'd suggest you do a 'trial run' with someone. :-)

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