Amenity Beds

  • Reference Number: HEY-651/2018
  • Departments: Maternity Services

What is an amenity bed?

An amenity bed is available to NHS patients who wish to pay for the privacy of a single ensuite room whilst their treatment remains on the NHS. The hospital offers amenity beds on both Rowan and Maple Ward which are located on the 1st floor of the Women & Children’s Hospital and are subject to availability.

Is this the same as being a private patient?

Having an amenity bed is not the same as being a private patient as no fee is paid for medical care, and all other aspects of the clinical service provided are the same as for NHS patients.  Having an amenity bed will not entitle the patient to access treatment any quicker than it is available on an NHS ward.

Can I book an amenity bed?

All amenity beds are subject to availability. You need to inform the midwife caring for you if you would like to access this facility.  There is no guarantee that an amenity bed will be available throughout your stay. If the bed is needed for a clinically unwell patient you will be accommodated on the ward with all other patients.

How much will it cost?

A charge of £75 is payable for each night spent in a single room with ensuite facilities. A recliner chair is also available for your partner to use however we ask that during the night your partner remains within the room, unless leaving the ward, in order to respect the privacy and dignity of other patients. The charge is based on the number of nights spent on the unit, starting from the day of admission, regardless of the time of admission. There is a minimum charge of one night’s stay which is payable prior to transfer.

How do I transfer to an amenity bed?

If, having read the terms and conditions of the amenity bed service, you wish to be transferred to an amenity bed, please speak to a midwife on your ward. The 1st floor coordinator will then be contacted to enquire about availability.

You will be asked to sign an undertaking to pay form as an agreement to pay the charges. This must be signed prior to your transfer. You will also be asked to pay for at least one night’s accommodation before you transfer. This can be done by cash, cheque or the Trust’s on-line payment facility.

As long as there is a bed available, your ward will arrange the transfer to the ensuite room.

Are there any other reasons why I may not be able to transfer to an amenity bed?

Other than availability there are other reasons why a request for an amenity bed may not be accepted. If your condition requires specialist midwifery/nursing care in the Women & Children’s Hospital, or any of the hospital specialist units, you will be unable to transfer to an amenity bed. However once your condition stabilises and it is safe for you to transfer to a standard ward area, you can then be considered for a transfer to an amenity bed.

The Trust reserves the right to refuse the transfer of a patient to an amenity bed if they have a poor credit history with the Trust.

When will I need to pay?

You will be asked to pay the minimum charge of one night’s accommodation upon transfer. Payments for additional nights are due on discharge or transfer from the Ward. You are welcome to pay in instalments during your stay, particularly if your stay is for longer than a week, if that is more convenient for you.

How can I pay?

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or the Trust’s on line payment facility. Please ask the ward clerk/midwife to access the electronic payment on line.

Contact details

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this advice sheet, please do not hesitate to contact Rowan or Maple Ward on tel no: (01482) 382799

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