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NHS: Mixed-sex Wards

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which hospitals in England have mixed wards; and what is the estimated date by which they expect each of these hospitals to have single-sex wards.[HL7262]

Guidance issued to the National Health Service requires the provision of single-sex accommodation through single rooms, single-sex bays within a mixed ward, single-sex wards or combinations of these types.

The 2004 position of each NHS trust was published on 26 May 2005 and is available on the Department of Health's website at and in the Library. The small number of hospitals that did not achieve these objectives at that date were building new hospitals. The latest of these developments is scheduled for completion in 2010.