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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)

  • Having been a patient as well being a nurse I only hope they make the new gowns in decent sizes.
    Being a bodybuilder with a 52 inch chest I can't squeeze into the gowns! I was taken to theatre for a knee operation wearing some of my gym shorts, much to the amusement of my wife and the ward staff, because the gown just basically lay like a piece of old cloth on my chest!
    But I do remember, as a student nurse one of my class sending someone to theatre in a shroud! Oh dear!

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  • Hello,

    There IS an alternative on the market. Both cost effective and clinically tested, DCS Designs are a UK company and have been manufacturing for 5 years.

    The gowns have pop studs on the upper sleeves, pockets for drains/catheters, and come in small, Medium and Lge/Bariatric sizes.

    They are high quality, yet simple and functional, and reasonably priced.

    Take a look!

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  • Steve Williams

    So... As I said I would... I am finally back after 14 months to evaluate...

    Good investment or just another waste of taxpayers (our) money?

    You go figga.

    Nursing (IMHO) has been corrupted down to the bone and... alas it has denigrated beyond the level where it could be saved.

    The ruling council (The NMC) are corrupt and have been named and shamed.


    Pee Off....

    Making uniforms a topic of conversation was only a detraction from the fact that the head of the NMC was sucking millions of pounds into his personal bank account.

    Google and Read "Animal Farm" by George Orwell....

    I am Benjamin "The Donkey" BTW

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