Same-Sex Accommodation


Background

The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells 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 goal.

Single sex accommodation may be provided in two ways:

  • single sex wards
  • single sex bays or rooms within mixed wards

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 single sex areas within the trust.

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 01622 224960. Find out more about our PALS service, click here.

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Related documents:

Delivering Same Sex Accommodation Leaflet

Delivering Same Sex Accommodation Poster

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