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HCA designs dignity gown for breast care patients

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Healthcare assistant Jo Thorne has called on skills honed as a student at the London College of Fashion to come up with specially-designed nightwear for breast care patients.

Ms Thorne, who works on Southend University Hospital’s gynaecology ward, has spent over a year working with deputy ward manager Lesley Eldridge on the design of a nightdress that does not need to be pulled up to the patient’s neck for a breast examination. They are now ready to put their prototype into production.

Ms Thorne said: “Both Lesley and I are members of the hospital’s dignity and respect group and decided to come up with a design which would not leave our patients totally exposed.”

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  • this is a good idea, some doctors seem unable to fathom the concept of "preserving dignity"
    we also need pretty surgical type gowns (fasten at the back of neck) as sometimes patients are unable to wear the traditional night gown due to condition, imobility, or if they simply do not fit. it breaks my heart to see patients in gowns stating "hospital propety"

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