Speaking as someone who has had first hand experience of mixed wards, it really is not nice. No one wants to be in hospital but it is really important that a patient's dignity be maintained if one does have to be in hospital.
The number of patients placed in mixed-sex wards in England has risen by almost 70% in the last year. Statistics from NHS England show 7,163 patients were put in the wards in 2016, up from 4,248 in 2015. In April 2011, fines were introduced to try to eradicate the problem, leading to a fall from thousands per month to hundreds. The Patients Association said the rise was "concerning" and that the wards should be scrapped. Its chief executive Katherine Murphy said single-sex wards are an "important component of preserving patient dignity" in hospitals.