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Declaration of compliance

We are proud to confirm that mixed-sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated in our hospital.

Further information on our work to deliver same-sex accommodation

Every patient has the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity. The Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing every patient with same-sex accommodation, because it helps to safeguard their privacy and dignity when they are often at their most vulnerable.

Papworth Hospital 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 patient’s 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 Critical Care Area or High Dependency Unit.)

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of that audit in our Quarterly Quality and Safety Report.

What does this mean for patients?

Other than in the circumstances set out above, patients admitted to Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust can expect to find the following:

Same sex accommodation means:

  • The room where your bed is will only have patients of the same sex as you
  • our toilet and bathroom will be just for your gender, and will be close to your bed area

    It is possible that there will be both men and women patients on the ward, but they will not share your sleeping area. You may have to cross a ward corridor to reach your bathroom, but you will not have to walk through opposite-sex areas.

    You may share some communal space, such as day rooms or dining rooms, and it is very likely that you will see both men and women patients as you move around the hospital (eg on your way to X-ray or the operating theatre).

    It is probable that visitors of the opposite gender will come into the room where your bed is, and this may include patients visiting each other.

    It is almost certain that both male and female nurses, doctors and other staff will come into your bed area.

    If you need help to use the toilet or take a bath (eg you need a hoist or special bath) then you may be taken to a “unisex” bathroom used by both men and women, but a member of staff will be with you, and other patients will not be in the bathroom at the same time.

    The NHS will not turn patients away just because a “right-sex” bed is not immediately available
  • What are our plans for the future?

    Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has developed a detailed plan to demonstrate our continued commitment to delivering same-sex accommodation.

    How will we measure success and who will monitor our progress?

      Measure How By Whom When
    1 Ask our patients by survey and sharing our information with commissioners Patient experience tracker Sisters Monthly
    2 Ask our patients through patient stories captured by matrons Matron stories Matrons Monthly
    3 Explore each individual case where we are at risk of breaching before it happens to see if it can be avoided, and investigate each breach to ensure we did everything possible to avoid the situation. Case by case investigations Matrons As it occurs
    4 Report breaches to the Board on a quarterly basis. Patient experience report Director of Nursing Monthly
    5 Spot check 'walk-abouts' to check for unreported breaches.   Director of Nursing/Assistant Director of Nursing Weekly

    What do I do if I think I am in mixed-sex accommodation?

    We want to know about your experiences. Please contact the matron if you have any comments or concerns, who will be happy to explore the issues with you and resolve them as soon as practically possible.


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