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Hospitals: Standards

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards his Department expects NHS trusts to meet in relation to the privacy and dignity of changing facilities provided for patients. (221015)

Health Building Note 12: 'Out-patients Department' (NHS Estates, 2004) recommends for consulting examination rooms, that there should be sufficient space within a curtained area for a patient to undress/dress in privacy, with assistance when required.

Health Building Note 10-02: Surgical Services' (Department of Health, May 2007) recommends the provision of individual changing rooms for admissions leading to either a dedicated individual waiting space for every patient or separate male, female and children's waiting provision.