Protecting your privacy and dignity

Throughout your stay, your privacy, dignity, religious and cultural beliefs will be respected. If you have any concerns please discuss them with a member of staff.

Wherever possible you will be cared for in a same-sex bay. This means you will share facilities and space only with patients the same sex as you. However, areas where close observation is needed may be mixed-sex. If you are concerned about this please raise it with staff at any time.

Some single rooms are available. However, priority is given to patients whose condition requires that they be given preference, for instance patients with an infection or approaching the end of life.

Our bathrooms and toilets are designed to provide a range of facilities appropriate for your care, whilst offering the most privacy possible.

It is your right to be told, before admission, about the environment in which you will be cared for (in an emergency this may not be possible). This includes the arrangements for the separation of men and women. If you are not happy with the accommodation, you must inform staff.

We endeavour to meet your physical, spiritual, social and psychological needs while you are in hospital. There may be times, due to your illness, that we are unable to completely fulfil these. If you have any concerns regarding any aspect of your wellbeing then please speak to the senior sister who will try and resolve any issues.

Declaration of Compliance

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the government's requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patients overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice.

We have 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 Care Unit, or when patients actively choose to share, for instance in the Renal Dialysis Unit).

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We have also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We report the results of that audit monthly nationally via UNIFY and locally to our Clinical Commissioning Groups.