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Single sex accommodation

As a patient you deserve privacy and you deserve to be treated with dignity. 

 

We aim to provide the highest possible standards of privacy and dignity to all patients.  If you have to stay in hospital for treatment you will be placed in single sex accommodation whenever possible, unless your clinical needs take priority.



 



compliant

Declaration of compliance 2014/15

We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been eliminated in hospital and our intermediate care homes.

 

Further information on our work to deliver single sex accommodation 

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice.

 

We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure that patients who are admitted to 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 when clinically necessary, where patients require specialist equipment as in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and high dependency units, or when patients actively choose to share as in the renal unit.

 

We are also pleased to confirm our intermediate community care beds are compliant with maintaining single sex requirements. Patients admitted to any of our intermediate care facilities can expect:

  • Single or same sex rooms
  • Separate toilet and bathroom facilities

 

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of that audit at our Quality and Outcomes Committee.

 

What does this mean for patients?

Other than in the circumstances set out above, patients admitted to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust can expect:

 

  • 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 both men and women patients 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.

 

You may share some communal space, such as day rooms or dining rooms, and it is very likely that you will see both men and women patients as you move around the hospital (e.g. on your way to X-ray or the operating theatre).

 

It is probable that visitors of the opposite sex 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.

 

If you need help to use the toilet or take a bath (e.g. you need a hoist or special bath) then you may be taken to a “unisex” bathroom used by both men and women, but a member of staff will be with you, and other patients will not be in the bathroom at the same time.

 

The NHS will not turn patients away just because a “right-sex” bed is not immediately available.

 

What are our plans for the future?

The Trust has provided new facilities for a number of wards that will further strengthen our commitment to provide care that protects patients’ privacy and maintains their dignity.

 

The Trust promotes the provision of dignified care across all its services and underpins this aim with its Patient, Family and Carer Strategy, ongoing staff educational programme and understanding how patients experience their time at the Trust.

 

How will we measure success?

The Trust will continue to assess its hospital and community services to ensure that it provides private and dignified facilities.  We will gain feedback from people who use our services to ensure that we can maintain excellence in our care, continue to engage with our Membership to help design services that are valued to patients and will ensure that our Board of Directors is informed about our performance.

 

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of that audit at our Quality and Outcomes Committee.

 

What do I do if I think I am in mixed sex accommodation?

We want to know about your experiences.  Please contact the Ward Manager/Matron for the area in which you are being cared for or the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0161 206 2003 if you have any comments or concerns.