Amenity Beds

  • Reference Number: HEY-651/2014
  • Departments: Maternity Services

This leaflet has been produced to give you general information. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

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

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Consent to treatment

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.

The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

Information about you

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We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.

Under the Data Protection Act (1998) we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

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