Privacy and Dignity
SAME-SEX ACCOMMODATION: YOUR PRIVACY, OUR
Everyone working in the NHS has a vital part to play in achieving
the goal of eliminating mixed-sex accommodation by April 2010, and
ensuring that all patients feel as comfortable and relaxed as
possible during their time in hospital.
Privacy, dignity and same-sex
The NHS is committed to making sure that all patients receive
high-quality care that is safe, effective and focused on their
needs. The NHS Constitution states that all patients have the right
to privacy and to be treated with dignity and respect. We believe
that providing same-sex accommodation is an effective way of
helping to achieve this goal and of giving all patients the best
possible experience while they are in hospital.
What do we mean by mixed-sex and same-sex accommodation?
Mixed-sex accommodation is where men and women have to share
sleeping areas or toilet and washing facilities. Same-sex
accommodation is where specific sleeping areas and toilet and
washing facilities are designated as either men-only or women-only.
Same-sex accommodation can be provided in:
- same-sex wards, where the whole ward is occupied by men or
- single rooms, or
- mixed wards, where men and women are in separate bays or
Toilet and washing facilities should be easily
accessible and, ideally, either inside or next to the ward, bay or
room. Patients should not need to go through sleeping areas or
toilet and washing facilities used by the opposite sex to access