Patients have a right to be treated with dignity and respect
when they come to us for treatment. These rights are set out in the
The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to
eliminating mixed sex accommodation and this is what patients can
expect from our hospitals:
In the Great Western Hospital
In our Community Hospitals
(Savernake, Chippenham, Warminster)
National surveys show that patients do not want to share
sleeping accommodation or washing facilities with someone of the
To address this, in early 2009 the Department of Health (DH) published clear
guidelines setting out how all NHS hospitals should eliminate
the use of mixed sex accommodation and washing facilities to help
maintain patients' privacy and dignity.
Following a thorough review of the way we provide sleeping
accommodation and washing facilities at the Great Western Hospital
and in our Community Hospitals, we are fully compliant with the DH
Same sex accommodation is where men and women do not share
sleeping or washing facilities.
Same sex accommodation can be provided in:
There are exceptions to these definitions as our priority is to
make sure patients have prompt access to the best treatment.
In some circumstances patients may be treated in mixed sex
accommodation and this is where they require urgent/emergency
assessment and care.
Where this happens, patients will be moved to same sex
accommodation as soon as possible and staff will ensure they
protect each patient's privacy and dignity. Exceptions are closely
monitored by the Modern Matron and Chief Nurse.
We have made the following changes to improve the quality of
care and the patient experience (which includes treating all our
patients with dignity and respect):
The latest annual survey shows that fewer patients have reported
that they shared a sleeping area, washing or toilet facilities with
the opposite sex.
We will continue to look at ways patients' privacy and dignity
can be protected and will continue to monitor this and ask for your
views through patient surveys and other feedback.