What can you expect when you stay in our hospitals?
We are committed to making sure that the time you, or your loved ones, spend in our hospitals is as comfortable as possible.
We are proud that the vast majority of patients who are admitted to any of our hospitals will be cared for in a ward where they will have their own bedroom, many with en suite washing and toilet facilities. In the small number of wards where there is more than one bed in a bedroom, patients 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 and clearly signed. This means that any mixed sex accommodation is virtually eliminated.
Male and female patients may share day areas such as living rooms, activity rooms and kitchens.
We have same sex sleeping, toilet and washing facilities throughout our new hospitals in Darlington (West Park Hospital), Hartlepool (Sandwell Park), Stockton (Lustram Vale and the Dales), Durham (Lanchester Road Hospital) and Middlesbrough (Roseberry Park).
Adapted bathing facilities which have specialist equipment in them to assist people with mobility difficulties may be used by members of either sex, but our nursing staff will make sure that privacy and dignity are always respected.
Find out more about:
- what we've been doing to make things better and our plans for the future
- our declaration of compliance for delivering same sex accommodation
- why we want to hear from you
What is same sex accommodation?
Same-sex accommodation can be provided in:
- Same sex wards or units, where the whole ward is occupied by men or women only.
- Mixed sex ward or unit where patients are cared for in single rooms with en-suite or same sex adjacent washing and toileting facilities.
- Mixed sex ward or unit where patients are cared for in same sex bays with adjacent same sex toilet and washing facilities.
Separate male and female toilet and washing facilities should be easily accessible without the need for patients to go through an area of the ward or unit where there are members of the opposite sex.
The Department of Health is clear that it is not acceptable for people to be placed in mixed sex sleeping accommodation at any point following admission, unless it can be clinically justified. Clinically justified means:
- A patient needing very high-tech care, with one-to-one nursing, for example intensive care and high dependency units
- A patient needing very specialised care, where one nurse might be caring for a small number of patients or
- A patient needing very urgent care, for example rapid admission following heart attack.
Why is same sex accommodation important?
The NHS Constitution places great importance on the patients’ experiences of privacy and dignity and same sex accommodation plays a significant part in this.
The Department of Health, the secretary of state for health and the NHS is committed to making the necessary change and investment to maximise the provision of same sex accommodation in as many health service locations as possible.
Within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust we have made real progress in developing accommodation that ensures the protection of privacy and dignity.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about same sex accommodation at
NHS Choices – your health, your choices
For more information about same sex accommodation plans at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust contact:
Corinne Aspel, Lead Senior Nurse - Delivering Same Sex Accommodation.
Tel: 0191 333 3566