Shops, vending machines and other facilities

Vending machine locations:

Providing a selection of drinks and snacks

  • A&E Department
  • Maternity Department (Main entrance)
  • Maternity Department (Near lifts and stairway)
  • Women’s Health Care Department
  • Bardoc waiting area
  • Breast Unit
  • Sexual Health Clinic
  • Physio 1st floor
  • J Block Outpatients Departments


The RVS runs three shops around the hospital

  • Main entrance (Mon-Fri 8am-7.30pm, Sat 9am-7.30pm and Sun 9am-7pm)
  • Maternity unit (Mon-Fri 10.30am-3.30pm – Weekend closed)
  • H Block Eye Clinic (Mon-Fri 10.30am-3pm – Weekend closed)

They sell a variety of items including toiletries, food, newspapers, magazines and flowers, and the shop just off the main entrance also sells lottery tickets.

There is a Royal Mail post-box, also in the main entrance, which is emptied daily Monday to Saturday.


Although there are public disabled toilets at the hospital, there is not currently a toilet with a hoist facility for use by visitors.


Wheelchairs are available at the main entrance for use by patients to get to different medical departments and wards.  These are £1 coin-operated, just like a supermarket trolley, and between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, customer care assistants are available to help patients and visitors get to departments and wards.  Just ask about this at the main reception desk.

Are there security arrangements at the hospital at night?

Access to the main hospital at night is via the main entrance and these doors are locked between 10:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. During that time, anyone who wants to come in will be asked by staff for the reason they are visiting and will have to sign in and out at the reception desk. Checks are also made with wards and departments before anyone is allowed to visit there at these times.

Are there facilities for parents to feed or change young children?

There are special areas around the hospital where you can feed or change your child. The customer care service in the main reception has the information you need, or ask the reception staff.