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Sussex hospitals win same-sex battle
6:30pm Friday 5th October 2012 in News
Hospitals are winning the battle to keep the number of male and female patients forced to share the same ward areas to a minimum.
Trusts are fined £250 for each day they break rules that men and women should not sleep in the same bays.
However for the first time in more than a year, all three of the county’s main trusts reported no breaches in August.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust improved on its reported six breaches in July.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust has had no breaches for the past four months while East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has not had any breaches for the past six months.
Hospitals are expected to provide separate sleeping, bathroom and toilet facilities.
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.