Privacy and Dignity Single Sex Accommodation
Lancashire and South Cumbria 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 inpatient wards in the Trust 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. 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 result of the audit on an annual basis.
Further information on our work to deliver same sex accommodation
Every patient has the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity. Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing every patient with same sex accommodation, because it helps to safeguard their privacy and dignity when they are often at their most vulnerable.
We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated in our trust. 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 by exception based on clinical need or when they choose to share for example where patients need specialist equipment or in Children’s In-patient units, i.e. The Platform & Junction.
What does this mean for patients?
Other than in the circumstances set out above, patients admitted to Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust can expect to find the following: -
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 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 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.
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
How will we measure success?
The Trust will utilise the following tools: feedback from local experience surveys, Friends and Family Test, complaints and compliments, internal and external quality visit reports, incidents and reports to Board.
What do I do if I think I am in mixed sex accommodation?
We want to know about your experiences. Please contact the Hearing Feedback Team at Trust Headquarters, Sceptre Point, Walton Summit, Preston PR5 6AW Telephone: 01772 695315 email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or concerns.