Your privacy, our responsibility
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
is committed to ensuring that all patients are treated
with respect and that their dignity and privacy are maintained
at all times.
We believe that providing single sex
accommodation is an effective way of helping to achieve this
Single sex accommodation may be provided in two ways:
- single sex wards (i.e. the whole ward is occupied by either men
or women but not both)
- single sex bays or rooms within mixed wards (i.e. bays or rooms
which accommodate either men or women, but not both; with
designated single sex toilets and washing facilities within or
adjacent to the bay or room).
In exceptional circumstances in which a patient needs urgent or
specialist care in areas such as Accident and Emergency, the
Intensive Care Unit, the Coronary Care Unit or recovery,
mixing men and women may be unavoidable.
We will work to resolve such situations as quickly as possible
and will keep patients and their families informed about our
actions. During these times, our priority will be to maintain
patients’ privacy and dignity.
In line with the national programme we are working to have all
wards as single sex.
If you have any concerns about privacy and
dignity, please speak to the ward sister/charge nurse in the first
instance or the matron for the area. Alternatively, you can contact
PALS (the Patient Advice and Liaison Service) or the Patient
Relations team on 0118 322 8338. You can also e-mail in any
concerns or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and young people
It is recognised that for many children and young people,
clinical need and age and stage of development may take precedence
over gender considerations and the mixing of the sexes is
reasonable, or may even be preferred.
There is evidence that many young people find great comfort from
sharing with others of their own age and often this outweighs their
concerns about mixed sex rooms. If a young person or their carer
would prefer us to consider single sex accommodation then please
discuss this with the nurse in charge who will endeavour to
accommodate the request.
Patient Advice and Liaison Service
Patient Relations Team
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
0118 322 8338