Portsmouth Hospitals’ NHS 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 patient’s 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 the Respiratory High Care Unit or when patients actively choose to share for instance the Renal Day Unit or Rheumatology Day Unit.
If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will undertake a Root Cause Analysis investigation and report it.
We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports.
Any breaches of mixed accommodation will be reported to the Trust Board through the Board quality exception reports, and that audit results will be discussed with the Commissioners at the contract review meetings.