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MP VISITS DGH

Local MP Nigel Waterson visited the Seaford 1 ward at the DGH this week. He wanted to see for himself measures taken by the Trust to segregate the sexes and to ensure privacy. He was shown the new doors installed to close off the bays within the ward. And he was shown the separate toilet and bathing facilities now in place.

Nigel commented after his visit: "I know from my mailbag that unnecessary distress has been caused over the years, especially to female patients, by mixed-sex wards. I am delighted that the Trust now have a strict policy of separating the sexes. And the work done on doors and toilet and bathing facilities is important in delivering this policy."

"There is no place for mixed-sex wards in the 21st century. This Government promised to scrap them back in 1997. Our local DGH has done as much as it can; but to have totally segragated facilities would be hugely expensive, and that would require central government funding."

29 Jul 2009