At Chesterfield Royal Hospital we are dedicated to providing same-sex accommodation for inpatients on our wards - as part of our ongoing commitment to treat all patients with respect and dignity.

The Royal is already highlighted as an example of good practice by the Department of Health. Particular praise was given to the hospital's Emergency Management Unit (EMU) that provides same-sex accommodation in an emergency setting.

All inpatient wards have same-sex bays, some of which have en-suite bathroom and toilet facilities with reversible signage to correspond with the male or female bay. Where en-suite bays are not available, patients still do not share toilets and bathrooms with members of the opposite sex due.  Neither do they pass through or by areas of the opposite sex to use their own facilities.

Some areas of the hospital, including the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU), High Dependency Unit (HDU), and the Emergency Department provide urgent medical care in emergency situations, and, in line with national guidance members of the opposite sex will be in the same facility. However, every effort is made to ensure that patients' privacy and dignity is maintained - through the use of partitioning and the absence of opposing beds. 

If you have any questions about same-sex accommodation please don't hesitate to ask a member of the relevant ward's nursing team.