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.”