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NHS nurses in Scotland are to get new dress code and uniform

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Scotland’s nurses are to get a new uniform after NHS Scotland announced a new dress code for health care staff today.

The dress code, unveiled by Scotland’s Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon, aims to make staff easier to recognise and to minimise the risk of infection.

The trademark white doctor’s coat is to be scrapped. Clinical staff will wear tunics in one of four shade of blue with navy trousers. Support staff such as porters or catering staff will wear green tunics with navy trousers. It will start being worn in autumn next year.

The new dress code that applies to all says staff should wear short-sleeved shirts or blouses, ties should not be worn and that hair is tied back.

Ms Sturgeon said: ‘I believe that having one uniform across the service which is readily identifiable should help both staff and patients to further ensure good communication and the delivery of care.’

The uniform was designed after a public consultation by the Scottish Government. A total of 647 responses were received. Samples of the uniforms have been tested for wearability across NHS Scotland.

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