PERFORMANCE: South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust has declared non-compliance with the requirement set out in the NHS Operating Framework for 2011-12 to eliminate mixed sex accommodation.

Two inpatient areas and the day surgery unit are not compliant and plans are being developed to “assess the capital or service change requirements” necessary.

A report to the board by the director of nursing states the work is “fully supported” by commissioners, who are “very understanding of the difficulties we face, namely with our restricted estate, to finding sensible solutions to this issue”.

The statement approved by the board on the trust’s website reads: “South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is able to confirm that we are compliant with the governments requirements to eliminate mixed sex accommodation (except when it is in the patients overall best interests) in all but two inpatient areas and one day care department.

“One inpatient ward is our oncology ward where many patients have single rooms. No patients share sleeping accommodation with the opposite sex, however, there is a requirement to provide an additional shower room to designate separate facilities for men and women.

“The other area is coronary Care Unit where there is also a requirement for an additional shower room. The day area is the Day Surgery Unit, and as a result we have developed plans to refurbish and, where practical, redesign these services to allow us to declare compliance by the beginning of June 2011.”