‘Super size’ XXXXL dignity gowns, designed to maintain the privacy and comfort of large patients, have been introduced by a trust in Leicester
Leicester’s hospitals have seen a 100% increase in the number of very heavy, large patients admitted in the last three years.
The 4XL dignity gowns are available at the Leicester General, Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital.
The gowns were introduced by Lizzie Hyde, education nurse for the older people’s services at the hospitals. She said she discovered the need for larger sized gowns while working in the emergency department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Ms Hyde, also a dignity champion at the hospitals, said: ‘Our intention in introducing these dignity gowns to our hospitals is not to draw attention to our larger patients but to ensure our staff have the best equipment available to them to provide the highest levels of care possible to all our patients.
‘Hospital gowns can be tricky items to manoeuvre in for anyone, let alone trying to wear a gown which is too small,’ she added. ‘A smaller gown will simply not provide adequate cover for our larger patients, and this clearly compromises their level of privacy.’
The introduction of the 4XL gowns supports the national Dignity Challenge spearheaded by Dignity in Care ambassador Sir Michael Parkinson.