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Single hospital rooms fail to cut infection rate


I can't speak about long term patients, but I can say that single rooms are wonderful for maternity patients. They all ask for private rooms but most cannot afford to pay for the few we have. My experience in the States was the same. My large hospital there had only private or semi-private (two-bedded) rooms for all types of patients. Many wished they could have private rooms, but again, there weren't enough. It was really not that big a deal for staff to care for everyone safely and efficiently. There are areas for patients to socialise if they desire, but they are happy to have their own much quieter space for resting, sleeping, bonding with their babies, visiting with company, and needless to say, to toilet/shower. I am really proud to be moving into England's first fully private-room hospital in January. Wards everywhere really must go. Please, keep your minds open and give this concept the support it needs to work well.

Posted date

20 October, 2010

Posted time

12:08 pm