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New patient gown design unveiled by health minister


The hospital gown, long the bane of privacy-conscious patients, has been redesigned as part of a raft of measures to protect the dignity of NHS users, health minister Ann Keen has revealed. Scroll to down to see a video of the new gown

Speaking at the culmination of the Design for Patient Dignity programme, a joint scheme by the Department of Health and the Design Council that has seen designers come up with a range of prototypes to help solve patient privacy issues, the minister said: “We want to ensure that patients’ experience of the NHS goes from good to great and the exciting designs unveiled today show patients what they can expect from the NHS of the future.”

The concepts profiled include: a warmer, more dignified patient gown; a “Bed Pod”, which creates a patient-controlled sleeping area; a “Capsule Washroom” that reorganises toilets along single-sex lines; and a wheelchair-bed hybrid.

Design Council chief executive David Kester said:”The prototypes provide simple, practical responses to the healthcare issues that we all care about. Design for Patient Dignity demonstrates that when we listen to the public and bring frontline NHS staff together with industry, great innovation and enterprise thrives.”

Source: Design Council

This one-size-fits-all gown is reversible, with a choice of v-neck or round-neck. It’s easy to put on and covers the patient’s front and back, while its press-stud fastenings mean equipment like IV lines can be attached without exposing the skin.


Readers' comments (23)

  • I think the new gowns are a good idea, i mean yes if you do tie the original ones up patients' have their dignity but making it easy for IV access does mean these gowns will be popular. Btw anonymouse 24th march 9.15pm you should be ashamed of your comment, patients do care what they look like and if their bum is on show, everyone has a right to dignity. I agree with the comment that mentions that they will save time for nurses meaning they have more time to give the other basic care which patients are entitled to

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  • The concept of refining a hospital gown is utterly absurd. There is absolutely nothing dignified about wearing a gown for anyone regardless of gender, age, or even religious preference. I for one would never want any of my co-workers to visit me at a hospital while I’m wearing a gown. There is a new hospital clothing line that will definitely replace hospital gowns called DIGNITYWEAR. It is a two piece suit with either warm up or pajama design with complete accessibility for all nursing needs, and encourage patient mobility. It is primarily used during visiting hours so hospitals won't need to eliminate gowns entirely, especially in ER or trauma centers. This makes perfect sense. Not only private parts are covered, but it motivates patients to want to get well and encourage a return to active lifestyle. The website is: I have no idea why every hospitals don't carry this product now, instead of waiting for Ben de Lisi's design next year.

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  • Why not just have a functional, clean and new gown? Does that really mean spending money on a designer gown? Why do always hear about the fact that their is always less money for this or that, meanwhile a politiican who claims expenditure does not seem to be short of it? To the person above who commented on the washing hands and a good cleaning regime, which is important, as a prevention to infection control, have you seen how thick a infection control policy, protocol manual is, have you read any infection control journals recently? If it was all about washing hands and a good cleaning regime, then why is there so much literature on the subject?If it was just about the basics, then why are these journals packed with study upon study, article upon article of ways to make things better?

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  • he he he...
    Steve Williams | 23-Mar-2010 3:52 pm
    - very amusing, you have made me laugh today
    I'm still laughing!!!
    I have it inmy dairy.
    They are very good but its likely people will feedup with the fastens

    now will you all go to the issues regarding poor staffing and leave comments, do not let the midstaffordshire crisis go away...many would like to...Anonymous | 23-Mar-2010 10:17 pm, I hope you are a nurse...please comment on any blog re.staffing issues, your venom could be very useful

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  • I would be happy if ANY hospital gowns were available! my mother-in-law recently admitted to a large Manchester hospital and not one gown could be found. And I know this is not an isolated event because as a children's nurse I frequently had to scour the hospital for anything that remotely looked like a gown! let alone one that fitted the age of the child I was trying to provide one for. Each Pct I believe has just had to reduce their outgoing by an enormous amount of money because Labour have made a mess of the budget! could swine flu vaccine have cost us so much?? I can only see the NHS going downhill at a much faster rate than ever, but at least we will know that as patients are left in corridors for the lack of nursing staff they will have their dignity by wearing these new hospital gowns.

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  • nursteph

    Patients are still human beings who deserve dignity and respect especially with their bodies. I'm glad that this new design of patient's gown was developed and hope it is already out in the market...

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  • Not a moment too soon, I say!!!! Patient comfort and dignity is one of the principles of basic nursing............well of the old school that I am from........not that I am THAT old - just trained well. Seems to me the negative comments above are probably from the generation of nurses who don't like to get their hands dirty in case they need to wash them, or do a bit of hard work. Why shouldn't a designer be asked to design something, after all that is his job., Nowhere is there mention of a big fat fee...may be there was some altruism here and he did it for the challenge, and to improve patient care.
    Lets give them a chance - when are they going to be available? They have got to be better than what is in use now.

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  • The idea of a health minister being at the launch party for a new patient gown has made me feel quite ill. Next stop 1970's socialist nightmare utilitarian utopia, oh glorious leader. What's wrong with providing your own? And while we're at it paying for hospital food.

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  • laura collins

    This patient gown is a great idea. The design really intended for the protection of one's patient. Patients must be in there convenience though there are in the hospital, there also deserve improvement in terms of patient care.

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  • I am glad, at least there is someone to care about patients' dignity eventhough leaders are being suffocated by recession.

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