Privacy and dignity

At Birmingham Children’s Hospital we believe that every child and young person has the right to receive high quality care that is safe, effective and respects their privacy and dignity.

Updated 27/08/2014

Coming into hospital can be an unsettling experience. We want to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible by ensuring you get the privacy and dignity you’re entitled to.

Last year we introduced dignity suits to replace the traditional open back operation gowns. The  ground breaking suits have been very well received, both by our patients and by healthcare commentators and  this year we have  provided even more training for our staff to improve the way we care for and respect our children and young people.

We also audit our practice to make sure that we continue to deliver support and treatment in a way that ensures privacy and dignity. If you feel unhappy about your privacy or dignity whilst in our care please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.

Single sex accommodation

At Birmingham Children’s Hospital we are compliant with the Department of Health guidance on single sex accommodation for the children and young people in our care.

We have the facilities, resources and culture to ensure that we are able to implement the key principles of the guidance, which states that children and young people should have the choice of whether their care is segregated according to age or gender.

In our experience, children and young people find great comfort in sharing with others of their own age and for many mixed sex accommodation is a suitable and even preferred choice.

We base our decisions about sharing on the clinical, psychological and social needs of our patients and will find out, record and where possible respect, the child or young person’s preferences.

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