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Work improves hospital privacy

Leicester General Hospital
Mixed wards and facilities can cause patient anxiety, staff say

Money spent improving privacy in Leicester's hospitals could help patient recovery times, officials have said.

The University Hospitals of Leicester Trust has spent £735,000 upgrading facilities at the Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and the General.

Work includes installing more single sex bathroom facilities and more frosting and screening in the wards.

Staff said greater privacy helped patients avoid stress after treatment.

Director of Nursing Carole Ribbins said patients preferred to be treated without the opposite sex around.

"That can increase anxiety which can, in turn, delay recovery.

"So even though you may not see a direct correlation, we do genuinely believe that if we can provide holistic care, it can help recovery times."

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