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Nurses pioneer 'dignity' pyjamas


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.


Readers' comments (11)

  • Good for them, well done. Nurses are not so rubbish after all.

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  • these regulation 'jamas look no different from the nurses' uniforms so their could be mistaken identity!

    unless they are changed every day, which I very much doubt in the current NHS, they should be a pale colour so it can be seen if they are soiled and dirty and need changing otherwise nobody will bother, further increasing the risks of infection which hospitals no longer seem to understand.

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  • anon 11.06 - nothing like being positive. I think these are a great idea, there is no reason why patients can't have clean hospital pyjamas every day, they do at the moment. Do patients change their own nightwear every day? doubt it.

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  • they no longer get clean sheets, towels and face flannels every day in hospital so presumably it is the same with their sleepwear.

    Home has nothing to do with it. hospitals are responsible for nursing sick patients some who are immuno-compromised, some frail and elderly and some with open wounds. at home they may have none of these and only have to cope with their own environment and all its germs.

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  • The dark colour protects the patients dignity further - soiled pyjamas are not evident to all and sundry on the ward. If nursing staff and carers are committed to providing high quality care whilst also prioritising patient dignity, they will check that pyjamas are clean and fresh without stains needing to be obvious to everyone before they are changed.
    The pyjamas are very practical, comfortable and smart. whilst they may appear slightly 'regulatory', I'm sure this will deter patients from wanting to borrow the pj's on a longterm basis after discharge! Well done!

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  • anon 1.57

    In the large hospital where I work all our patients get clean sheets, flannels, towels and nightwear every day. They always have done and there is no plan for that to change.

    Why do you say that they don't?

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  • hope patients seen from afar aren't confused with escaped convicts? could have dire consequences!

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  • 6 Aug 5.37 pm

    doesn't happen unfortunately in all hospitals - some change once a week unless visibly soiled!

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  • Absoluately brilliant idea UK guys...well done :)
    Anything to give more dignity to patients has to be a good thing.
    Melbourne Oz

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  • brilliant idea - good idea well done!

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