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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02259
Asked by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 17 August 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is regarding policies that are in place to ensure single-sex ward provision in hospitals.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 21 September 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government expects everyone to be treated with consideration, dignity and respect when accessing and using NHS services. NHS staff will make every effort to ensure that the privacy and dignity of all patients are maintained in Scottish hospitals.

All patients should routinely be cared for in wards or bays which are for single sex occupancy. The Scottish Government provided guidelines and recommendations on the elimination of mixed sex accommodation in 1999 and 2000. Further guidance and direction regarding the provision of clinically appropriate single room accommodation in all planned new buildings and major refurbishments was provided in 2008 and 2010.