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Ward breaches at a minimum in Sussex hospitals
8:50am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
Hospital are continuing to win the battle to keep the number of men and women patients forced to share the same ward areas to a minimum.
Trusts are fined £250 for each day they break rules to segregate men and women into different bays.
However all three of the county’s main trusts reported no breaches in January, despite being under intense pressure during one of their busiest months of the year.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust last reported a breach in July, while Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have both been clear for several months.
Hospitals are expected to provide separate sleeping, bathroom and toilet facilities for the different sexes.
Wards do not have to be single-sex, but patients should be kept in bays divided at the very least by a full-height partition.
Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby praised the work done to cut the number of breaches at Brighton and Sussex, which had been reporting more than 370 three years ago.
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