mixed-sex ward

mixed-sex ward

A patient ward in which both men and women share the same space. This may be uncomfortable for either sex, as procedures may take place in view of those of the opposite sex compromising their modesty and dignity, and there is a strong sentiment to eliminate mixed-sex wards from use.
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Elderly women are often uncomfortable when asked to share a mixed-sex ward, an investigation by medical care experts said.
QUESTION marks surround the future of a women-only dementia ward as health chiefs have proposed creating a single mixed-sex ward.
It would seem like a massive retrograde step for the health board to revert back to a mixed-sex ward for dementia patients at St David's Hospital, especially as a new era in mental health care for the elderly is opening on the other side of the city.
Despite official figures stating 99% of patients are now treated in single-sex wards, the national survey of 2,500 patients by the government's Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health found 25% of patients believe they are on what they would class as a mixed-sex ward.
Older people in particular have enough to worry about if they have to go into hospital without the burden of fear that comes with the prospect of undressing or bathing on a mixed-sex ward.
The staff nurse was in charge of an 18-bed, mixed-sex ward for at the Royal Scottish National Hospital, near Stirling, when the incidents took place.
But recent figures show that 15 per cent of hospitals still use at least one open-plan mixed-sex ward.
She said, 'Despite the hard work of medical staff there are still many people who feel uncomfortable in a mixed-sex ward and it is vital that New Labour ministers understand this problem and do everything they can to resolve it.
But I once entered a mixed-sex ward to see a nurse standing over him bellowing: "Do you want to wee, Jimmy?
Yesterday a patient from Ward D2 East, a mixed-sex ward in the Royal Gwent Hospital at Newport, said the incident had been amusing at the time, but showed how easy it was to abuse NHS facilities.
Rosalind, who was originally from Kilkeel, Co Down, suffered from a mental illness and was found strangled in her hospital bed in a mixed-sex ward.
The fact that he snored and shouted about his bowels is nobody's fault, but I hated being in a mixed-sex ward.