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Date: 21 September 2023
Same Sex Accommodation
Declaration of compliance
Our commitment to deliver same-sex accommodation
Isle of Wight 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.
What does this mean for patients?
Same sex-accommodation means:
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, but you will not have to walk through opposite-sex areas.
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 as you move around the hospital (e.g. on your way to the therapies 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 (e.g. 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.
How will we measure success?
What do I do if I think I am in mixed-sex accommodation?
We want to know about your experiences.
If you wish to pay for a single room during your stay, please let your nurse know so they can contact the Mottistone Business Manager for you. If a room is available you may occupy this as long as it is not needed for other purposes.
If you prefer, it may be possible to be admitted to The Mottistone Suite as an amenity patient. You will have en-suite facilities there.
Please note: amenity beds can be booked in advance but must be confirmed by telephone call to The Mottistone on the day of admission on (01983) 822099 Ext 5772.
For more information about the Mottisone click here.