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Medacs
1 Anne Gate
Bradford
BD1 4ES

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.

Please don’t comment on the staff though – we won’t be able to publish your comments if you do.

Comments  

#5 arshad 2018-05-03 11:07
No parking outside the centre. There is one disabled bay and that was takenup by a car without a disabled badge.
When we buzzed in had to wait a few minutes before it was answered. The staff at reception were talking between themselves about some silly tv program and had to wait till they had finished this very important discussion. The seats are uncomfortable so I’d like myself you have issues with the spine and back be prepared for some uncomfortable minutes till your called. The nurse asked if I wa sok to go upstairs when it was clear to see I’m using crutches and unable to get upstairs. She pointed out there is a stairlift and I said I don’t want to sit in that as I don’t think it’ll support my weight as I’m over the safe limit for it. Was then called into the interview room and the nurse carried out her assessment ( sorry she said she did but she didn’t)
There was no couch there for your examination so not sure how they would examine you.
If you have a disability with your back then those chairs are horrible and not suitable at all for a person with spinal problems.
I’m not going to go into my assessors report but I can say it was full of assumptions.
#4 Tatty2Shoes 2017-09-05 17:59
Hi, I had my assessment here last October. My friend and her sister came with me with the sister driving and she dropped me and and my friend off near the center and we set off up a fairly steep hill to find the place, I couldn't undertand the map and we asked directions twice and were sent in opposite directions getting us lost, I was in a panic that I would be too late so we got a taxiI don't think we would have found it otherwise certainly not by the map that came with my letter. When we got there I could see there wasn't much room for parking so it was just as well my friend's sister dropped us in the town. Didn't use the toilets so can't comment on those but some people had to go upstairs while I was there, downstairs where I was was ok but I waited a long time for assessment.
The assessor's report was a catalogue of lies starting with her saying I found my own way there had attended the interview alone, the rest of the lies concerned examinations she had not carried out at all and no mention was made of my mental health despite me divulging the traumatic events that led to it. I lost my claim then my mandatory reconsideration then my appeal. I felt like I was in an earthquake afterwards and am only just starting to feel a bit stronger and I am considering applying again but don't know if I can put myself through that again.
#3 Susie 2017-07-23 19:41
Parking horrendous down a steep hill, no chance of pushing a wheelchair up it. Drop off depends on how many people are there. A couple of disability places but again depends on when you go.
+1 #2 Paul G 2016-01-29 11:51
Hi I went to the Bradford Atos Healthcare at 1 Anne Gate. I walked to the centre after getting a bus to the centre of Bradford. I am not familiar with Bradford, this is why I walked. From the new Shopping centre on your right, the cathedral on your left. If you follow the road with your left to the cathedral wall, it will lead you to Anne Gate, which is a little cul-de-sac, on your left, the door as you turn left is well marked in front of you. There is very little parking on the site it self, you can drop a person off and there is a pay display car park close to the centre. There are bus stops close also to the centre. To enter you need to push a button for staff to open the door for you. I had to press it a few times really hard to get the door open. You can't hear the buzzer, so you need to listen for the lock to release the door. I only saw the ground floor which is quite wide, good access for a wheelchair. On entering you turn a left, through another door and the reception desk is in front of you, with waiting seats to the left. There is plenty of room in the reception area, and the room I had my interview in was very roomy as well. I didn't use a toilet, and there were stairs at the far end of the building, I feel though all interviews are on the ground floor. If you are dropped off you have not much of a walk to the front door, but there is no seating outside the building. Nearest bus stop into town is across the road. I am not sure of bus number but you are not far from the new shopping centre.
Paul Greenwood
+1 #1 oldman 2016-01-27 14:32
Rail station half mile away. bus stop 100 yards away. ten feet to door. wheelchair at a push. ground floor only. 30 foot from reception in interview room.

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