Equal Opportunities Summary


SDHC is committed to treating everyone equally irrespective of:

  • gender, including gender reassignment.
  • marital or civil partnership status.
  • having or not having dependents.
  • religious belief or political opinion.
  • race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins)
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age

We want our services, facilities, and resources to be accessible and inclusive for patients and oppose to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.


Equality Commitments

SDHC is committed to:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity
  • Preventing occurrences of unlawful direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation
  • Fulfilling all our legal obligations under the equality legislation and associated codes of practice
  • Complying with our own equal opportunities policy and associated policies
  • Taking lawful affirmative or positive action, where appropriate

Communication Arrangements for People with A Disability

SDHC pays specific attention to meeting communication needs for those with disabilities. If you let us know, we will do our best to provide the help you need wherever possible. This may include accessible  communication support, such as large-print documents, support for people who are hard-of-hearing, and information in different languages when needed.


Raising Concerns:

Patients who believe they have experienced discrimination can raise concerns through the complaints Procedure.

Complaints are dealt with seriously, promptly, and confidentially under the Complaints Policy and Procedure.