Privacy and dignity

Nurse with woman patient in bed 2009Mayday is committed to treating our patients with respect and staff work hard to ensure privacy and dignity for all. 

The majority of wards have single sex bays and separate washing and toilet facilities for men and women. 

For clinical reasons, there may be occasions when patients are cared for in mixed sex environment so that their healthcare needs can be met. While they are in a mixed sex area our staff will ensure that their privacy and dignity is respected at all times. 

Patients are moved to a same sex area as soon as possible. 

In the Medical Assessment Unit the sexes are already separate but additional money has been spent to create an area which can be either male or female so we have the flexibility to cope with increased admissions of one sex or another. Patients in this area have access to showers and toilets which are designated male and female. 

The Trust has also carried out building work to increase the privacy for patients in all bays in the Majors treatment area and observation beds in the Accident and Emergency department by replacing curtains with cubicles.

There are 65 single rooms at Mayday Hospital (not including those on the maternity and children’s wards) which may be available for NHS patients who need additional privacy.  Forty-six of these rooms have an ensuite toilet and shower or bath and a further seven have an ensuite toilet.  

 

 

 

 

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