We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated at The Horder Centre.
Further information on our work to deliver same sex accommodation
Every patient has the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity. The Horder Centre is committed to providing every patient with same sex accommodation, because it helps to safeguard their privacy and dignity when they are often at their most vulnerable.
We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated in our hospital. Patients who are admitted to The Horder Centre 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 by exception based on clinical need (for example where patients need specialist equipment such as in theatre recovery).
What does this mean for patients?
Other than in the circumstances set out above, patients admitted to The Horder Centre can expect to find the following.
| 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 X-ray or the operating theatre).
It is probable that visitors of the opposite gender will come into the room where your bed is, and this may include patients visiting each other.
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.
The Horder Centre will not turn patients away just because a “right-sex” bed is not immediately available
What are our plans for the future?
The Horder Centre has one ward of individual patient rooms and another ward that consists of 6 bays of 4 beds each. These bays are always allocated to patients of the same sex and have toilet and bathroom facilities for these areas. However, The Horder Centre is currently undergoing a multi-million pound development that will remove all multi-bedded areas and will ensure that all in-patients are cared for in individual rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.