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Single Sex Accommodation

Declaration of compliance

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust confirms that we are compliant with the Government's requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except where 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 Intensive Care/ High Dependancy Units or when patients actively choose to share for instance Renal Dialysis Units).

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 on the Trust web site.

Philip Townshend, Chairman
Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer

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. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS 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. 

We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated in our Trust. Patients who are admitted to any of 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 by exception based on clinical need (for example where patients need specialist equipment such as in General Critical Care, Cardiothoracic Critical Care, Coronary Care Unit, Step Down Unit, or when patients choose to share for instance, renal unit, Arden Cancer Centre).

It is possible that single sex accommodation may not be available at the proposed time of admission. If this is the case, you have the choice of accepting immediate admission or waiting for single sex accommodation to become available.

To find out more about single sex accommodation and what it means for you please download our information leaflet.

This page was reviewed and updated in March 2012.


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