Two enterprising nurses from the West Midlands have helped come up with a new design for hospital pyjamas that help preserve patients’ modesty and reduce discomfort.
The unisex bedwear was pioneered by Solihull Hospital nurses Belinda Briand and Heather Gerrard, and consultant urologist Bhupendra Dev Sarmah, who were fed up with seeing patients and staff struggle with traditional hospital attire.
Now on sale worldwide, the pyjamas feature a longer, diagonal fly that helps stop them gaping open when a patient has a catheter.
The design makes examinations easier and reduces the risks of catheters getting kinked and blocked while the versatile bottoms can be used back to front for endoscopy patients.
The navy BGS Pyjamas – named after the trio’s surname initials - also feature plastic instead of metal press studs so patients don’t have to change out of them for scans.
“When we held a trial for the pyjamas, the patients said they found them much better and said preserving their modesty was the biggest benefit because that had been a struggle with the old style,” said Ms Briand, a surgical urology ward sister.
“Clinically the biggest advantage is that these pyjamas should not cause catheters to kink, creating a blockage needing a further operation, as could happen before.
“They are good for patients who have had any kind of abdominal surgery because they are gentle around the midriff.”
Heart of England Foundation Trust’s innovation team supported the group to develop the pyjamas and the potential was recognised by MidTECH, part of the NHS innovation network, which helped them protect the idea and get the pyjamas on sale.