Wards will go single sex
PUBLISHED: 15:07 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010
MIXED-sex wards are to be axed as part of an £800,000 scheme to improve privacy and dignity for patients. The NHS in West Kent, with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Maidstone and Tonbridge Wells NHS Trust and the Department of Health, unveiled the init
MIXED-sex wards are to be axed as part of an £800,000 scheme to improve privacy and dignity for patients.
The NHS in West Kent, with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Maidstone and Tonbridge Wells NHS Trust and the Department of Health, unveiled the initiative on Monday.
Plans include upgrading hospitals in the area to ensure mixed-sex accommodation and bathrooms are scrapped.
NHS West Kent chief executive Steve Phoenix said: "It is vitally important that the NHS in West Kent treats patients with the proper privacy and dignity while they are in hospital.
"We want patients to have the best possible care in the best possible environment.
"Working with the Department of Health to put these improvements in place will help to deliver that environment."
Specific programmes include changing the A&E observation ward at Darent Valley Hospital into male and female wards with improved washing facilities.
Single-sex care for patients in coronary care will also be adopted by increasing the number of heart monitors, making all washrooms single-sex and by building additional washrooms at the same hospital.
At Maidstone Hospital, three wards will get an additional bath, shower and WC. There will be a web-based daily monitoring and reporting system to ensure compliance is maintained.
Patients will have the option to give hospital bosses their views instantly by using a new electronic ward and department patient satisfaction questionnaire.
The trust is also leading the way with improvements in mixed-sex accommodation, with the opening of the new hospital at Pembury in 2011, which will have 100 per cent single rooms and en-suite facilities.
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