The NHS Constitution makes it clear that all patients have the right to privacy and to be treated with dignity and respect.
NHS West Sussex is committed to ensuring that patients have the best possible experience while in hospital.
We believe that providing same-sex accommodation is an important way of ensuring patients are comfortable during their stay.
Helping hospitals to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation
In January 2009 the Health Secretary announced a package of measures designed to help hospitals virtually eliminate mixed-sex accommodation by April 2010.
In West Sussex we successfully bid for £710,000 to fund projects to improve privacy and dignity within our local hospitals:
£403,000 has been utilised across Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust to increase the number of single-sex toilet and washing facilities across all three sites in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham.
Community hospitals have received £156,000 to provide more privacy for patients through the replacement of curtains around beds which comply with the standards required to ensure privacy and dignity. Money was also provided to upgrade bathroom facilities for frail elderly patients at Arundel Hospital.
- Queen Victoria Hospital has also received £140,000 to provide extra bathroom facilities across the trust, provide partitioning in the hospital’s Burns Centre and to provide sliding doors to enclose open bays in the Canadian Wing.
Action plans for achieving same-sex accommodation
All trusts across the country have been asked to develop action plans setting out how they will achieve same-sex patient accommodation. NHS West Sussex will continue to work with our local trusts to monitor progress against their action plans and also ensure patient experience information is collected and acted upon where necessary.
Local NHS trusts' privacy and dignity information, including their action plans, can be accessed using the links on the right-hand side of the page.