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Improved privacy and dignity for mental health patients
13 April 2018

The privacy and dignity of mental health patients cared for by the Trust has been enhanced thanks to work by the estates team.

The Trust identified safety risks as well as privacy and dignity issues associated by having Jack and Jill bathrooms at its Sevenacres unit, where it delivers mental health care to patients.

All of the en-suite refurbishments are complete at Sevenacres, giving patients their own private bathroom, including anti-ligature upgrade works, while a small amount of additional work is to be completed on the wards.

A Jack and Jill bathroom has separate sinks, but shower and toilet facilities are shared by two bedrooms with separate doors entering from each room.

As well as replacing the bathrooms, seven beds have been closed across the unit – three in the Osborne Ward, two in the Afton Ward and two in the Seagrove Ward – to ensure patients are cared for in both safe and private environments.

The improvements follow recent anti-ligature works to doors, piping and cables at the Sevenacres unit and form part of the Trust’s commitment to ensuring mental health patients are treated in the very best care settings.

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