"No male nurses. Dignity not respected."

About: Watford General Hospital

What I liked

There was an efficient arrangement of appointments and clinics. Appointments are confirmed in writing. Time given by most clinical staff was good, They listened.

What could be improved

There are no male nurses for intimate examinations or personal discussions. As treatment for prostate cancer continued I was left with the need to simply put up with female staff to discuss intimate personal issues and intimate examinations including catheter insertion, The urology department has not recruited and has no plans to recruit a male nurse and they consider female only staff acceptable for male cancer treatment. I was told they were all professionals and my personal preference (I would call it my dignity) was not a consideration in the recruitment of staff.

Anything else?

No problem with the medical service or the cancer treatment, It was reassuringly basic.

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Response from Watford General Hospital

Thankyou for offering your comments of your experience at Watford General. We are always concerned to hear of any patients who are unhappy with the care and service they have received.

Unfortunately, without specific details on you and your case it is difficult to comment. With regards to female only urology nurses, we are an equal opportunity organisation and always carry out an open recruitment process. At time of writing, the specialist nurses are all female, but the overall urology team consists of 8 men, with one of the team always willing and able to see any male patients who would prefer to be seen by a male member of staff.

We do hope this gives you some reassurance that the team are aware of this issue.

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