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Solent NHS Trust Self Declaration on Same Sex Accommodation - 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 can confirm that there have been no breaches.

Delivering single sex accommodation simply means providing an environment where men and women do not share sleeping accommodation and bathroom and toilet facilities.

Solent is committed to providing accommodation that complies with the delivering same sex accommodation standards and considers these to be a key factor in maximising patient privacy, dignity and respect.

  • There are no exemptions from the need to provide high standards of privacy and dignity
  • Men and women should not have to sleep in the same room, unless sharing can be justified by the need for treatment or by patient choice. Decisions should be based on the needs of each individual not the constraints of the environment, nor the convenience of staff.
  • Men and women should not have to share toilet and washing facilities with the opposite sex, unless they need specialised equipment such as hoists or specialist baths.
  • Men and women should not have to walk through the bedrooms/ bed bays or bathroom/ toilets of the opposite sex to reach their own sleeping, washing, toilet facilities.
What does this mean for patients?

Patients who are admitted to any of Solent NHS Trusts’ wards can expect the following:

  • The room where you sleep will only have patients of the same sex as you

  • Transgender patients/service users should be accommodated in the same ward areas as your chosen gender

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    All toilet and bathroom facilities will just be for people of the same sex as you and if it is not en-suite will be close to your bed area.

In all our wards there will be both male and female patients but patients of the opposite gender will not share your sleeping area. However, you may have to cross a ward corridor to reach your bathroom, but you will not have to walk through the opposite-sex area.

Any breach of same sex sleeping accommodation will be reported as an incident and highlighted to the Trust Board. Breaches will also be reported to the CQC in line with regulation.

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

If you have any concerns about your accommodation being “mixed sex” during your admission, please ask to speak to the nurse in charge on your ward or alternatively contact our Patient Advise and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 013 2319.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: InformationGovernanceTeam@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.