Same-sex accommodation in hospitals 

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Transcript of Same-sex accommodation in hospitals

In a traditional ward in any hospital now

you may find one of three different types of accommodation.

One is a single or double room,

one is a bay where you may have four to six people in each bay,

and some places still have larger wards where there are more than six people.

Any of those areas shouldn't be mixed.

You should be sure that whichever of those areas you go into

will have the same sex in each area.

Patients really want this. They want far more privacy

and as much dignity as we can possible give them

in quite difficult situations.

It may be that people just want to mix with people of their own sex,

because they feel more comfortable in that situation.

I certainly wouldn't want to be on a mixed ward for any length of time,

because it's just your privacy and dignity.

There are certain things that you have to have done

that if you were on a mixed ward you'd feel much more embarrassed about.

But all being girls together, you just feel more comfortable.

Probably I wouldn't be able to relax.

Yeah, I wouldn't be able to relax.

I think anything that interferes with your comfort and peace of mind

is only detrimental.

And certainly, in my personal opinion,

being in a mixed accommodation would be a disaster.

I think it is important. When you're staying here and walking around,

you feel in a hospital that you sometimes lose your dignity.

It's kind of nice. I didn't know what to expect when I came,

but it was quite nice that it was women only.

It gives you a bit more privacy when you're not feeling your best anyway.

It's not a luxury, it's part of treatment,

and it's something that will benefit the patient.

And that's what we all come to hospital for.

The other end of the spectrum are very, very sick people,

who are either receiving urgent care or very high-dependency care.

And that might mean that you're next to a man or a lady.

We'll explain that's going to be the case and why we're doing it.

There have been occasions more to do with crises

where, "We're terrible sorry but we have to ask you to share a ward."

"Is that alright with you?" And that's fine on those occasions,

but I don't think I'd like it for a fortnight or anything like that.

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