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Same Sex Accommodation - Declaration of Compliance

4th October 2016

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the government's requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patients overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice. We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure that patients who are admitted to 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 when clinically necessary (for example where patients need specialist equipment such as in the Intensive Care Unit, or when patients actively choose to share, for instance in the Renal Dialysis Unit). 

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We have also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We report the results of that audit monthly nationally via UNIFY and locally to the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.