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Patients & Visitors

Staying in Hospital

Improving your privacy

The NHS is dedicated to providing every patient with same-sex accommodation, helping to safeguard their privacy and dignity often when they are at their most vulnerable. We are committed to increasing your privacy and improving your dignity during a stay with us. The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is compliant with the requirements to deliver same sex accommodation because we delivering our services using the principles of good practice.

We have already increased the number of same sex bathrooms and toilet areas on a number of wards as well as providing more same sex sleeping areas.

The next stage will see improvements to Victoria Annex, William Budd ward, Hamilton ward and Neurology to ensure they are compliant with the Same Sex Accommodation standards. We have further plans to ensure that by April 2010 none of our patients share sleeping, bathroom or toilet facilities with members of the opposite sex.

In pictures

Out with the old

All change

In need of a revamp

Making a start

Work is well underway

A new, completed wash and shower room

New toilets are clean and bright

Cleaning team care for new patient facilities

In quotes:

“The benefit to patients and staff will be phenomenal.”
– Senior Sister Irene Richards
“The larger washrooms will make things so much easier for those patients who need assistance from nurses or their own carers.”
– Junior Sister Jo Flint
“We don’t mind the disruption, we’ll benefit from the extra showers.”
– Cyril, from Midsomer Norton
“Patients will be able to use the facilities without leaving the comfort and privacy of the ward.”
– Senior Nurse Heather Devey
“You can’t make an omelette without cracking eggs. The work will benefit patients when it’s completed.”
– Mr Lewis from Radstock

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