The Scottish government has announced that 26 hospitals in the country now have 100% single rooms.
This represents 12% of Scotland’s 218 hospitals. Overall 32% of hospital beds across Scotland are now in single rooms.
However, 10 hospitals still have no single room provision.
Former Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said in 2008 that single rooms would become the norm for new and refurbished hospitals.
Her successor Alex Neil reinforced the commitment last week.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “We already have 26 hospitals with 100% single rooms, which is a great step forward for both infection control and patient dignity, and I would like to further reinforce my commitment to 100% single rooms for all new hospitals.
“There is strong evidence of the effectiveness of single rooms in minimising risks of healthcare associated infections and in protecting dignity for patients, and that is why in Scotland we are moving to greatly increase the number of single rooms,” he added.
Migdale Hospital in Bonar Bridge and the Royal Victoria Building in Edinburgh are among the projects completed over the last few years with 100% single rooms.
The £842m South Glasgow Hospitals Campus will consist of 100% single rooms for adult patients, and of over 80% single rooms in the children’s hospital, when it is completed in 2015.