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Same-sex accommodation - protecting your privacy and dignity

Privacy and dignity

Throughout your stay, your privacy, dignity, religious and cultural beliefs will be respected. If you have any concerns please discuss them with a member of staff.

Wherever possible you will be cared for in a same-sex bay - this means you will share facilities and space only with patients the same sex as you. However, areas where close observation is needed may be mixed-sex. If you are concerned about this please raise it with staff at any time.

Some single rooms are available. However, priority is given to patients whose condition requires that they be given preference for instance patients with an infection or approaching the end of life.

Our bathrooms and toilets are designed to provide a range of facilities appropriate for your care, whilst offering the most privacy possible.

It is your right to be told, before admission, about the environment in which you will be cared for (in an emergency this may not be possible). This includes the arrangements for the separation of men and women. If you are not happy with the accommodation, you must inform staff.

We endeavour to meet your physical, spiritual, social and psychological needs while you are in hospital. There may be times, due to your illness, that we are unable to completely fulfil these. If you have any concerns regarding any aspect of your wellbeing then please speak to the senior sister who will try and resolve any issues. 

2016-17 Plan

EMSA 16 17 Plan

2015-16 Plan

EMSA 15 16 Plan 


Eliminating mixed sex Accommodation EMSA 14-15

Eliminating mixed sex Accommodation EMSA 13-14

Same Sex Accommodation declaration of compliance 13-14

 Privacy & dignity videos

Patient talking about his experiencess whilst in hospital:

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“I believe in same-sex accommodation. No-one admitted to our hospitals should share sleeping, toilet or washing facilities with the opposite sex."

Cathy Winfield, Executive Director of Patient Experience & Chief Nurse