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Privacy and dignity of Alex Hospital patients improved
8:30am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
MIXED-sex wards have been eradicated in hospitals in Worcestershire, new figures have revealed.
The latest statistics published by the Department of Health show there was not a single incident of patients being placed in mixed-sex accommodation in the Alexandra Hospital, Worcestershire Royal Hospital or Kidderminster Hospital during January.
Since November 2010 the Government has been naming, shaming and fining hospitals if men and women are placed in mixed-sex accommodation, in a bid to protect patients’ dignity.
Back then the number of people placed in mixed-sex accommodation in the three hospitals, run by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, was more than1,100.
A spokesman for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We have worked hard to improve the privacy and dignity of our patients and we are delighted to have eradicated mixed-sex wards.”
The Government figures show that incidents of mixed-sex accommodation nationally across the NHS have fallen by 97 per cent since November 2010, from 11,802 to just 398.