Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that it is 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. The Trust has 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 equipment such as in the Intensive Therapy Unit, or when patients actively choose to share (for example in the renal unit). in these cases, privacy and dignity will be protected. Staff will always consider the impact on all patients involved, and patients must be moved to same-sex accommodation as soon as the acceptable justification ceases to apply.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to treating all patients with privacy and dignity in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
If care provided to our patients should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of that audit on a monthly basis as part of our performance reporting to the Board of Directors and to the Commissioners of our services.
Agreed by the Board of Directors, 28 March 2012