Experience of mixed-sex bays in a general hospital
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Experience of mixed-sex bays in a general hospital

Debbie Bryant General manager and lead nurse for trauma, Orthopaedics and surgery, Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS Trust, Huntingdon
John Adams General manager and lead nurse for trauma, Orthopaedics and surgery, Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS Trust, Huntingdon

Aim To explore patients’ and nurses’ views on their experience of nursing care in mixed-sex bays.

Method Using a descriptive exploratory method, tape-recorded semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of patients and nurses drawn from wards where mixed-sex bays were located. The resulting transcripts were analysed to identify shared themes.

Findings The key themes identified were: communication from nursing staff, first reactions, relationships in the bay, reactions of others, awareness of organisational issues and nursing in a mixed-sex ward.

Conclusion While some individuals felt that the attitudes and behaviours displayed by their fellow patients were of greater significance than their gender, there was a general view that mixed-sex bays were less than ideal. Nurses also struggled to maintain patient dignity in mixed-sex bays.

Nursing Standard. 24, 13,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.12.24.13.41.c7419

Correspondence

Debbie.bryant1@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review