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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Box 189, Level E4,
Addenbrooke's Hospital,
Hills Road,
Cambridge CB2 2QQ
(0)1223 336961

Access Issues

Isabel Clare
01223 746117
01223 7056117

Location, Services and Transport

Addenbrooke's Site, in the main hospital building. See separate entry for Addenbrooke's Site.

General Information

The main departmental offices are located on two floors in the Herchel Smith Building, on the Addenbrooke's site. Only the ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs, as there is no lift to the first floor offices. There are offices on level E4 and level 5 of the main hospital building - all accessible. The Department of Psychiatry is part of the School of Clinical Medicine - see separate entry.


No smoking anywhere in the building or on the Addenbrooke's Site.

Medical facilities

Located within the Hospital.

Emergency procedures

An intermittent alarm means you must prepare to evacuate. The hospital is divided into fire-proof compartments and in the event of a continuous alarm, you should move horizontally through the building to an area where the continuous alarm is not sounding.In the Herchel Smith Building, when the alarm goes you must evacuate. Designated fire wardens will sweep the building to make sure everyone has left.

Physical Access


Level access by the main entrance to the Herchel Smith Building. In the hospital, level access from lift - use the lifts near the central concourse.

Number of floors

Main department located on ground and first floors, Herchel Smith Building. Other offices located on fourth and fifth floors in hospital.

Lifts and stairs

Herchel Smith Building - no lifts. Hospital - two large lifts to all floors.

Seminar/teaching rooms

All offices accessible and fairly spacious, with moveable furniture. Most office chairs are of adjustable height.


See separate entry for Medical Library.

Computer facilities

All members have their own computers. Adaptations to help with repetitive strain injury or other difficulty can be acquired if necessary.


No disabled toilets in department itself, but there are plenty in the main hospital building. Herchel Smith has disabled toilets.

Common rooms

Small tea room and kitchen. Cramped and difficult for a wheelchair. Hershel Smith has a large kitchen/tearoom. Wheelchair access possible.


  • The Autism Research Centre and the Department of Developmental Psychiatry are located separately in Douglas House in central Cambridge. Please discuss any access needs before visiting.
  • The Cameo Psychosis Research Centre is located on the Ida Darwin Site near Fulbourn.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Special software or hardware for visually impaired users can be acquired if necessary, and has been in the past.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Large sign to department from lift. Very little internal signage, but wayfinding is not difficult.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently.


  • Generally carpeted and quiet.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for members with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Psychiatry. The ADRC updates information as it is recevied from the Department. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Psychiatry.