Dignity secured

Wigan Infirmary
Wigan Infirmary

WIGAN’S hospital bosses have now completely eliminated mixed-sex accommodation from the borough’s hospitals.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that it is now completely compliant with the Government’s requirement not to have men and women in beds on the same wards.

The only exception being when it is in the patient’s overall best interests, or reflects their personal choice to be in a mixed sex ward.

A spokesman for the Trust said: “Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen when clinically necessary, for example when patients need specialist equipment such as in critical care areas or when patients actively choose to share, like in the children’s ward where children may find it preferable to share with children of a similar age rather than those of the same gender.”

Until the last few years patients were still expected to stay in mixed sex wards because of a lack of facilities and space.

But now all the necessary facilities and resources are available to ensure that patients who are admitted to any Wigan hospital will only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex.

There are also same sex toilets and bathrooms available that are adjacent to their bed area.

The spokesman added: “If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it.

“We will also undertake patient surveys and environmental audits to make sure we do not misclassify any of our reports.

“We will publish the results of those surveys and audits in our report to commissioners and in our members’ newsletter.”