Newsdate: 27th March 2012
Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interests, 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 adjacent to their bed area.
Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen when clinically necessary (e.g. when patients need specialist equipment such as in critical care areas) or when patients actively choose to share (e.g. in the children’s ward where children may find it preferable to share with children of a similar age rather than those of the same gender).
If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also undertake patient surveys and environmental audits to make sure we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of those surveys and audits in our report to commissioners and in our members’ newsletter.
Declaration Reviewed: February 2012
Review Date: March 2013