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Patients see red at Portsmouth Hospital

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Senior nurses at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital have moved away from traditional shades of nursing blue in favour of a high visibility red uniform.

They are worn by the head of nursing for each of the trust’s 11 clinical departments – known locally as Clinical Service Centres – as well as the deputy chief nurse and the director of nursing.

Director of nursing Julie Dawes said: “The new uniforms will help patients, staff and visitors alike to know who is a head of nursing without there being any confusion.”

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  • It looks as though this could be very tiring on the eyes, and even more so to patients?

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  • There's in excess of £600,000 worth meeting-goers in that photograph, that's not including the cost of their foul-coloured uniform.

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  • nice and bright but money could be better well spent on necessary equipment etc. no wonder the nhs is in so much debt!

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  • i can't imagine, with all the current financial difficulties and very serious problems associated with this, why nurses are still obsessing about their appearance! do they really have no more important priorities such as sorting out staffing levels and pay and making sure their patients are getting the medical and nursing care they need?

    ' “The new uniforms will help patients, staff and visitors alike to know who is a head of nursing without there being any confusion.” '

    I am sure this is the last of patients' concerns at the moment. I am also surprised, once again, at the NT 'magazine' wasting time on such trivialities and what made me trouble to read the article for that matter!

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  • At least patients would know to whom they should direct their complaints!!

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  • Anonymous | 12-Mar-2011 9:47 pm

    At least patients would know to whom they should direct their complaints!!

    Might be like a red rag to a bull!

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  • Anonymous | 12-Mar-2011 9:47 pm

    "At least patients would know to whom they should direct their complaints!!"

    Might be like a red rag to a bull!

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  • why can't they at least look professional while they are at it instead of like tea ladies or cleaners? They look scruffy.

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  • Are they going to be seen at all? I thought they stayed in their offices or attend meetings. This seems to be a 'matron' incentive that never happened, but going to cost more money and fail.

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  • They look like Butlin's redcoats, but less professional! What a waste of resources.

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