We respect the dignity, privacy and independence of people who use our services:

  • we will always work to maintain your privacy, dignity and modesty
  • our staff should always treat you without discrimination and within the law
  • we should recognise individual differences and respond to these with sensitivity
  • we have a responsibility to make your time with us as pleasant as possible

We recognise that issues relating to your treatment may sometimes compromise these principles. In this case, we will make every effort to minimise the impact. We will always discuss this with you, ensuring that your are informed about the issue and its effect

Same sex accommodation

Other than in exceptional circumstances you can expect to share accommodation and bathing facilities with patients of the same gender as you. 

  • Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen when:

    • clinically necessary — for example where patients need specialist equipment such as in intensive care and high dependency areas
    • patients actively choose to share — for instance  in the dialysis and chemotherapy unit

    Apart from these you can expect the following:

  • The room where your bed is will only have patients of the same sex as you

  • Your 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 male and female 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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. you need a hoist or special bath) then you may be taken to a “unisex” bathroom used by both men and women. But remember a member of staff will be with you, and other patients will not be in the bathroom at the same time.

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