New hospital gowns will save patients’ dignity and the NHS money when they are introduced in March.
The “modesty gowns”, trialled at the Royal Free in October, have proved a resounding success.
Unlike the old-style gown which tied at the back, it’s made of thicker material and ties at the side, while allowing clinicians to examine patients. The old gowns were potentially embarrassing for patients and not as warm so people were using two at a time, making them less cost effective.
The Royal Free’s lead research and development nurse for dignity in care Mary Flatley said: “Over the past 18 months we have been running a project promoting dignity in the trust. The issue of clothing in the trust had been identified as a problem, and the lack of privacy from clothing has come up from both patients and staff during the project.
“We therefore arranged with Sunlight Textile Group to replace all of the old gowns with the new style. As the old ones are returned they are replaced, so we are hoping to have only the modesty gowns in all the wards in the trust within the next month or so.”