Every patient has the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity. We are 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.
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 Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) or when patients choose to share (for instance in Day Hospitals.)
We are proud to confirm that mixed-sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated in our Trust. See our full Declaration of Compliance.
What does this mean for patients?
Other than in the circumstances set out above, patients admitted to Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can expect to find the following:
Same-sex accommodation means:
It is possible that there will be both men and women patients on the ward, but they will not share sleeping areas. Patients may have to cross a ward corridor to reach their bathroom, but will not have to walk through opposite-sex areas.
Communal spaces may be shared, such as day rooms or dining rooms.
It is possible that visitors of the opposite gender will go into the bedrooms, and this may include patients visiting each other.
It is almost certain that both male and female nurses, doctors and other staff will go into the bedroom area.
If help is needed to use the toilet or take a bath (ega hoist or special bath is required) then patients may be taken to a “unisex” bathroom used by both men and women, but a member of staff will always accompany, 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.