Delivering same sex
We are committed to providing the very best possible care for
every patient that takes account of your individual needs.
We recognise that when you come into hospital you may be worried
about where you'll be staying or who you'll be staying with. That's
why we are working hard to provide you with same sex accommodation
and to help safeguard your privacy and dignity.
What does same sex accommodation mean?
- 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.
Wards within the Trust are grouped
according to specialty. This allows patients with similar
conditions to be nursed in one area with staff who are experienced
in this type of care.
We wish to reassure you that each ward consists of separate male
and female sleeping accommodation in the bays, each having separate
toilet and washing facilities. Whichever ward or unit patients are
nursed on, staff will ensure their privacy and dignity is
maintained at all times, especially in sleeping, bathroom and
The clinical needs of patients are paramount and occasionally it
may be necessary to mix male and female patients, for example in
Intensive Care. In these instances, every effort will be made to
rectify the situation as soon as possible but in the mean time,
staff will make extra care to ensure that privacy and dignity is
If you have any concerns about this, please speak to the nurse
in charge of the ward or unit.
For more details, you can read our Delivering Same Sex
Accommodation Declarations and Delivery Plan 2011-12 in Related
You may also find the NHS Delivering Same Sex Accommodation website