Privacy and dignity and delivering same sex accommodation

As a patient using our services at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), you have the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects your privacy and dignity. We are committed to providing every patient with same sex accommodation because we know this helps to safeguard your privacy and dignity when you are at your most vulnerable.

We are proud to confirm that all inpatient settings within KMPT provide same sex accommodation. Same sex accommodation means that your bedroom, toilet and bathroom will only be used by patients of the same sex as you.

Your bedroom

The vast majority of bedrooms are single rooms with en-suite facilities. If in exceptional circumstances you will need to share a room or bay this will only have patients of the same sex as you.

Your toilet and bathroom

You will either have a room with en-suite facilities or your toilet and bathroom will be just for patients of the same sex as you.

Will be close to your bedroom and clearly signed.

You will not have to walk through communal areas to reach your toilet or­ bathroom.

If you need help to use the toilet or bath (eg a hoist or special bath) then you may need to use a assisted bathroom. Staff will assist you if required.

Male and female corridors

Each ward has a male and female corridor where same sex bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms are located.

On occasion you may occupy a bedroom adjacent to an opposite sex area, this would be done following discussions with you and with safeguards in place.

Patients may be admitted into single bedrooms in areas occupied by the opposite sex when no bedroom is immediately available in the appropriate area. This will only be done following discussion with you and with safeguards in place. You will be moved to a same sex area as soon as practically possible.

Day and communal areas

These are used by people of both sexes. You may share some communal space such as activity rooms, day rooms or dining rooms, where people of both sexes can socialise and take part in therapeutic activities together.

Visitors of the opposite sex will come onto your ward.

Each ward has a female only lounge.

Your primary nurse

If you would prefer your primary nurse to be female or male you can tell us and we will try to arrange this.

Assistance with bathing or dressing

Female patients who need assistance with bathing or dressing will always have the option of being assisted by a female member of staff.

What are our plans for the future?

Although our wards all meet Department of Health Standards, we made a number of improvements to improve the quality of our single sex accommodation particularly to our acute mental health services. We will continue this work over the next year, particularly working towards building a new state of the art older peoples inpatient provision in East Kent 

How will we measure success?

We will report to our Board when this work is done and update this statement. We hope the changes will be reflected in improved patient satisfaction as measured by the patient discharge survey and other patient feedback.

What do I do if I am concerned about mixed sex accommodation?

If you have concerns about privacy and dignity on your ward, please contact the Ward Manager and/or Service Matron.

If you still have concerns please contact the Patient Experience Team

Declaration of compliance

We are proud that mixed sex accommodation, as defined by the Department of Health, has been eliminated in our organisation. 

Read our full declaration of compliance:

Delivering Same Sex Accommodation declaration of compliance