“During my many hospital stays, I have been the fifth patient in a room of four people on a few occasions, for a period of two to three days. You can imagine how difficult this situation was, whether it be for doctors, nurses, other patients, visitors, families, or myself. The staff were very professional and the care excellent, but these conditions were not easy for anyone.
“You felt that you were disturbing and bothering the others. The only thing that separated us was a curtain. There was not enough room for patients using a walker or in a wheelchair and the place became cluttered when meal trays were distributed. There was no confidentiality during consultations with the doctor. Both males and females had to share the same narrow bathroom at one end of the ward and the same sink at the other end.
“It is time to comply with standards. Transforming wards into private and semi-private rooms will greatly improve the comfort of patients and visitors, the effectiveness of the staff, and confidentiality during consultations with the doctor and specialists, including psychologists and dietitians. Patients will have their own bathroom, they will be able to close the door of their room to get dressed and undressed comfortably, and they will be able to adjust the room temperature as they wish. The staff will be better able to meet the specific needs of everyone. It will be more hygienic, safer, and the atmosphere will be more positive for all. It will be a win-win situation all around!”