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Concerns voiced about patient privacy at new Finchley Memorial Hospital
Concerns are being voiced about the privacy of some of the patients at the newly opened Finchley Memorial Hospital.
People living in top floor flats in Granville Place are worried that some of the wards in the Granville Road hospital do not provide patients with sufficient privacy or dignity.
The residents of these flats have spoken out after realising that after dark, when the lights are on in the hospital, they can see straight into the wards.
One woman, who lives in Granville Place but who asked not to be named, said: “I can see people in their beds and I can see into the bathrooms.
“What does that say for the privacy and dignity of the patients?
“For me it just doesn’t look right. I shouldn’t be acceptable.
“The hospital has not taken into consideration the privacy of the patients and I just can’t believe it. I wouldn’t like it if I was a patient.”
However, it is not only the patients who are having their privacy compromised. People in the hospital can also see into the flats.
The owner of one of the flats said: “I can’t live like this anymore. I have not only lost my view but I have also lost my privacy.
“I will definitely be moving but this new hospital will have affected the value of my property.”
The £28 million hospital has been purpose built to replace the old Finchley Memorial Hospital which is on the same site.
The new hospital, which is just starting to admit patients, has a walk-in centre, two GP practices, an out patients department, a rehabilitation department, diagnostics and an infusion suite for 12 people.
It also boasts indoor and outdoor gyms, a health information library, a multi-faith room and 54 private, en suite bedrooms for in patients.