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Same sex accommodation

We care about your privacy and dignity.

We believe that every patient has the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity. We are committed to providing every patient with same sex accommodation.

We will always provide access to safe acute clinical care and saving lives will always be our priority, however providing access to same sex sleeping areas has become an important part of the culture of our clinical teams.


Privacy and dignity for all

We are compliant

From the 1st April 2012 The University Hospitals of Leicester 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.  Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen when clinically necessary (for example where patients need specialist care, equipment or facilities such as in intensive care or high dependency units, or when patients actively choose to share (for instance haemodialysis units).          

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it.  We also have an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish our reports on Unify.

Saving your life is our first priority

We care about your your privacy and dignity. However, there will be times when you are being treated by us, particularly in an emergency, when you may have to be treated in an area with the opposite sex.

This is because we want to treat you as quickly as possible. Your safety and saving your life is our first priority. This may happen in our high dependency areas such as coronary care units, high dependency units or acute care bays.

In every case we will make every effort to move you into a same sex area as soon as possible to continue your care.


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