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Midwives in Africa making use of donated hospice uniforms

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Midwives in the country of Burkina Faso are now making use of uniforms donated by a hospice in Wiltshire

Uniforms from Prospect Hospice in Swindon have travelled more than 4,000 miles to help midwives in the African country.

“The midwives in Burkina Faso were thrilled to be offered the uniforms”

Jane Poole

In 2017, uniforms for the hospice’s inpatient unit (IPU) staff were changed to reflect a recommendation from the Francis report into care failings at the former Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The Francis report specifically recommended that trusts should provide identity labels and uniforms and ensure healthcare support workers can be easily distinguishable from registered nurses.

The hospice said it was following a suggestion in the report that the seniority of nurses in healthcare providing settings should be clearly reflected by their uniforms.

This meant that the hospice had a surplus of the scrubs-style uniforms that nurses often wore during the summer months, it said.

Thanks to Jane Poole, a nurse from the IPU team, the uniforms which would have otherwise been discarded are now being put to good use in the landlocked African country of Burkina Faso.

Ms Poole said: “I have visited Burkina Faso and I also have a friend who works with and helps to educate midwives there, so I asked my friend if they might have any need of our old uniforms.

“The midwives in Burkina Faso were thrilled to be offered the uniforms, so we packed them off in a container and sent them on their way,” she said.

She added that she was thrilled to see photographs of the nurses wearing the donated Prospect Hospice uniforms.

“It’s great to see that Prospect Hospice’s reach is able to make this unexpected difference for people so far away,” she said.

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