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RD&E praised for no breaches of mixed sex patient accommodation


The Royal Devon & Exeter achieved no breaches of mixed sex patient accommodation in figures released today (19 October 2011).


The RD&E is one of 13 acute trusts in the South West praised by the Health Secretary for no reported breaches for the month September 2011.


Since April 2011 when monthly collection of mixed sex accommodation data was first collated for all hospitals in the region, the RD&E has maintained this standard.


Director of Nursing & Patient Care at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Em Wilkinson-Brice said: “For our staff this standard can be challenging to meet when demand for hospital services is high but we are committed to this because we recognise that for many patients it is an important aspect of their experience when they are in our care.” 


Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Hospitals across the South West have done a fantastic job getting to grips with this. No patient should have to suffer the indignity of mixed sex accommodation where it is not clinically justified. That is why we have introduced a fine of £250 for every breach, which can then be reinvested back into patient care.”

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