Solent NHS TrustHigh quality community and mental health services

Single sex accommodation

Declaration of compliance

Our commitment to deliver same-sex accommodation

Solent NHS 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 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.

What does this mean for patients?

Same sex-accommodation means:

It is possible that there will be both men and women patients on the ward, but they will not share your sleeping area. You may have to cross a ward corridor to reach your bathroom, but you will not have to walk through opposite-sex areas.

You may share some communal space, such as day rooms or dining rooms, and it is very likely that you will see both men and women patients as you move around the hospital (eg on your way to the therapies areas).

It is almost certain that both male and female nurses, doctors and other staff will come into your bed area.

If you need help to use the toilet or take a bath (eg you need a hoist or special bath) then you may be taken to a “unisex” bathroom used by both men and women, but a member of staff will be with you, and other patients will not be in the bathroom at the same time.

How will we measure success?

What do I do if I think I am in mixed-sex accommodation?

We want to know about your experiences.

Please either:

Contact our Patient Experience Service via telephone 0800 013 2319 or email
snhs.solentfeedback@nhs.net