Our staff, patients, carers and visitors are from many different backgrounds and should be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
As a result, no one should suffer any form of discrimination because of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity status, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
We accept the difference between individuals and value the benefits that these bring. We will not accept any form of abusive or violent behaviour towards patients, visitors or staff and will report any instances to hospital security and/or the Police.
Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Adviser
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
C/o Clinical Governance
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Tel: 01273 696955 ext. 7251 / 4135
Monitoring our Patient and Service Users
When using any of our services you may be asked by a member of staff to complete a form or asked by them, asking what ethnic group you belong to and/or your disability status.
It is entirely optional whether or not you choose to answer this question. By providing an accurate answer you can help us assess if we are targeting our services to suit the community you live in.
Under The Equality Act 2010 there is a duty for public sector bodies to monitor service users, which provides us with evidence as to how equitable our services are. We hope that our efforts to comply with this duty will not be intrusive nor cause you offence.
With the implementation of the Equality Bill, we will soon be required to monitor our patients by all strands of equality.
By assisting us in identifying your ethnicity we will be able to review all of our services to ensure that they are equitable and equally accessible for all. For instances where there is a disparity, we will do our utmost to ensure that this is addressed in a timely fashion.