Same sex accommodation

Declaration of Compliance 

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust fully supports the requirements for patients to be treated in a high quality environment that provides safe and effective care while ensuring that the privacy and dignity of each individual is respected.

The Trust is pleased to confirm that it is compliant with the Government's requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation.

If you are admitted to one of our wards, you would only share a room with someone of the same sex, although much of our accommodation provides individual rooms; many with en-suite facilities. Where this is not the case, same sex toilets and bathrooms will be easily accessible.

So, what does this mean for patients?

Patients admitted to hospitals run by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust can expect to find the following:

  • the room where your bed is will be in a single room or will only have patients of the same sex as you in it
  • your toilet and bathroom will be just for your gender, and will be close to your bed area if not en-suite
    It is possible that there will be both men and women patients on the ward, but they will not share your sleeping area. You may have to cross a ward corridor to reach your bathroom.

You may share some communal space, such as day rooms or dining rooms, and it is very likely that you will see both men and women patients in these areas.

It is almost certain that both male and female nurses, doctors and other staff will come into your bed area.

If you need help to use the toilet or take a bath (eg you need a hoist or special bath) then you may be taken to a “unisex” bathroom used by both men and women, but a member of staff will be with you, and other patients will not be in the bathroom at the same time.

What happens to patients who are transgender?

If you are a trans patient you should be accommodated in the same ward area as your chosen gender. This includes access to toilets and bathrooms.

What to do if you think that you are in mixed sex accommodation?

We want to know about your experiences. Should anyone have a concern with regards to patient accommodation please raise this directly with the hospital matron or ward manager. Alternatively please feel free to contact one of our PALS Officers on 01278 432022.

Any breaches will be reported to both our Commissioners and the Trust Board.