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Delivering single-sex accommodation

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is pleased to confirm that we remain compliant with the Governmentís requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patientís 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, e.g. Intensive Care Unit, or when patients actively choose to share, for instance children.

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it in our monthly performance reports.

Published on: 27 March 2012

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