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Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

Delivering same sex accommodation: declaration of compliance

We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated in our hospital


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. The Ealing Hospital NHS 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 (for example where patients need specialist equipment such as in Critical Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiac Catheter Lab, or when patients choose to share (for instance Coronary Care and Stroke Units).


What does this mean for patients?

Other than in the circumstances set out above, patients admitted to Ealing Hospital NHS 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 (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.


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?

Ward pledges outlining commitment to DSSA practice in place

Gender separation policy and robust reporting of breaches

Refurbishment programme of the remaining wards to facilitate en-suite bathrooms in all single rooms, including commentary (as appropriate) on estates, culture, and systems/procedures.

Consultation with patient users regarding DSSA initiatives and patient experience


How will we measure success?

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust will continue to carry out monthly local surveys and action results.

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust will continue to record and action results from nation local surveys.

Improvement in patient satisfaction and the patient experience.

Ealing Hospital NHS will report on Privacy and Dignity surveys.

Ealing Hospital NHS will aim for best practice in specialist areas and strive to reduce the episodes of breaches on these areas.



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

We want to know about your experiences.  Please contact Patient Advice and Liaison Service, Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, Telephone: 0800 064 11 20 or email pals@eht.nhs.uk  if you have any comments or concerns.


March 2010