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This page gives you information about our work towards patients staying in same sex wards.

Single-Sex Accommodation

Respecting the privacy and dignity of our patients is a critical part of the overall patient experience at our hospitals. In line with Department of Health guidance we are committed to reducing mixed sex accommodation by providing more single-sex accommodation.

We have virtually eliminated mixed sex accommodation. Patients who are admitted to any of our hospitals will only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex, and same sex toilets and bathrooms will be close to their bed area. Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen in exceptional circumstances

Same sex-accommodation means:

  • The room where your bed is will only have patients of the same sex as you
  • Your toilet and bathroom will be just for your gender, and will be close to your bed area

It is possible that there will be women patients and men visitors on the ward, but they will not share your sleeping area. You may have to cross a ward corridor to reach your bathroom, but you will not have to walk through opposite-sex areas.

It is likely that you will see both men and women patients as you move around the hospital (eg on your way to X-ray or the operating theatre).

It is probable that visitors of the opposite gender will come into the room where your bed is, and this may include patients visiting each other. It is almost certain that both male and female nurses, doctors and other staff will come into your bed area.

All washrooms and toilet facilities are designated to gender specific and are clearly signposted to indicate this. The NHS will not turn patients away just because a 'right-sex' bed is not immediately available.

Our plans for the future

We will continue to monitor compliance with single sex accommodation. Staff will remain proactive in monitoring this.

How we measure success

We will monitor this through the Care Qulaity Commission's annual inpatient survey, reporting to those bodies who 'buy' our services, local surveys, patient engagement and reports to our Board.

You can find out more about privacy, dignity and same-sex accommodation on the Department of Health website.

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