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Same sex accommodation – improving the patient experience

The elimination of mixed sex sleeping accommodation, except where it is in the overall best interest of the patient or reflects their personal choice, is recognised by the Trust as a key factor in maintaining the privacy and dignity of patients cared for in the hospital.

The Trust is able to provide single sex sleeping accommodation in all inpatient areas in line with the Department of Health’s requirements and the Board of Directors receives reasonable assurance through the provision of monthly performance reports. You can find out more about how we are improving the patient experience here Patients and visitor page.

We remain committed to limit mixed sex areas to essential high care areas only, such as critical care. Even in these areas there are strict guidelines to ensure that privacy and dignity are maintained for patients.

For a hospital to say that it has same-sex accommodation, it must provide sleeping areas and toilet and washing facilities that are for men or women only. This will mean different things in different hospitals. You could be:

  • in a same-sex ward, where the whole ward is occupied by either men or women only
  • in a single room, or
  • in a mixed ward, where men and women are in separate bays or rooms.

Toilet and washing facilities should be easy to get to, not a long way from your bed. You shouldn’t have to go through accommodation or toilet, or washing facilities used by the opposite sex, to get to your own.

Our commitment to privacy and dignity is embodied in a ward level action plan, key elements of which are:

  • Ensuring staff are wearing their identity badge
  • Improving the use of curtains around beds
  • Minimising noise at night
  • Peer audits of privacy and dignity
  • Introduced goals for answering call bells and telephones
  • Improving the quality of gowns available for patients
  • Improving privacy and dignity in diagnostic areas
  • Ensuring patients are appropriately covered when being transferred around the hospital.

Reducing the Risk of Infection

Patient safety is our priority and we are committed to do everything we can to keep our infection rates low. We take infection control extremely seriously and work hard to prevent and control infection in our hospitals.

You can find out more by visiting our Infection Prevention pages.

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