Improvement in hospital wards

SCARBOROUGH Hospital has been named as one of the best hospitals in the region when it comes to providing single sex accommodation.

Figures from the Department of Health show that since April 2011, when monthly collection of mixed sex accommodation became mandatory for all acute hospitals in the region, the number of reported breaches in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen by 95 per cent.

There were 114 reported breaches in April 2011, compared to just six across the entire region in September 2011 – a drop of 108.

And 11 of the 15 acute trusts in the region reported no breaches at all, one of which being Scarborough Hospital.

The issue of wiping out mixed sex accommodation has been helped by the new Maple ward, which opened its doors in October 2010.

Scarborough Hospital received £2.4 million of Government funding to ensure that male and female patients could be treated in a single sex environment.

This led to the construction of the new 28-bed ward, which has seven, three bedded bays alongside seven single rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Additional facilities include a quiet room for patients, offices and a changing and rest room for staff.

Outside the ward there is also a landscaped sensory garden.

Nicki McNaney, Director of Nursing at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Every patient has the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity.

“We are continuing to work hard to ensure that all our patients, unless it is clinically justified, are treated in single sex accommodation and we are pleased to report that we are 100 per cent compliant in meeting this national target.”

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “This is great news for people in Yorkshire and the Humber – 108 less people are staying in mixed sex hospital accommodation, and 73 per cent of their hospitals are reporting no breaches at all thanks to open and transparent information on every trust in the region.

“Hospitals across Yorkshire and the Humber have done a fantastic job getting to grips with this. No patient should have to suffer the indignity of mixed sex accommodation where it is not clinically justified.

“That is why we have introduced a fine of £250 for every breach, which can then be reinvested back into patient care.”