Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

New NHS nurse uniforms 'cause rashes'

  • 18 Comments

A £1.5m programme to introduce colour-coded NHS uniforms in Wales could be scrapped after scores of nurses complained that the items caused painful rashes.

The outfits, designed to make different grades of staff easier to identify, are currently being rolled out in the Hywel Dda and Betsi Cadwaladr University health boards.

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly said that while the problems had only affected “a minority” of workers, concern for the welfare of staff was “paramount”.

He added that those experiencing any kind of irritation had been offered alternative uniforms, supplies of which were plentiful.

The fabric in question is understood to have undergone extensive testing before being used in the outfit.

Tina Donnelly, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, urged members of staff to report any problems to their relevant department at the earliest opportunity so that outstanding issues could be dealt with quickly.

  • 18 Comments

Readers' comments (18)

  • You have got to be kidding.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Scrubs are fine, comfortable and not up around your neck like a tunic. With your name and profession badge, plus the university you trained at, they look very professional. Wash them first and they will be ok. A lot of nurses, especially female just don't like wearing them - you know what I mean, it's a fashion thing. We aint in the 1960's!


    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • lol after all that debate. What a complete was of extremely valuable money. It should never have been a issue in this economical climate.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Why do we continue to go round in complete circles 'chasing our tails'. Colour coded uniforms to identify different grades of staff were in vogue when i did my training in the late 70'searly 80's they were then binned. What a waste of valuable money will we never learn or stop reinventing the wheel each decade.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • It has been an absolute waste of valuable funds that could have been used on CPD for nurses and midwives. They are also inpractical. No flys and pockets for the men. The level of impracticality becomes clear when you try to fit in bunches of keys, ball pens, alcohol hand wipes (portable), wallet, and office mobile, all in two top pockets. And if you have a small pack of tissues to catch a quick sneeze, you will have to fit them in as well.

    In my opinion, and this is from wearing them, they score lower than the previous ones on both practicality and aesthetics. When one adds the reported health hazards, they are useless. In the old uniform one looked and felt smart. In this, one looks and feels casual. I know that the hood does not necessarily make a monk, but one feels like a monk when one wears a monk's hood.

    I am yet to meet anyone who has worn both, and scored the new uniform higher than the old one, in all aspects.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I agree with Ezesomaga, whilst I want a national uniform and initially like the aesthetics of the tops, our uniforms above all else need to be practical, and that means lots of pockets and comfortable material. Pity these apparently don't fit the bill.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I've already offered to give someone a nic cut and blowdry and someone else a shampoo and set...................oops................whats that you say, we're not hairdressers........I forgot,, it's just that we seem to be dressed like them these days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a waste of noney!!!!!!!!!!!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Steve Williams

    Heheeheeee...

    could only happen in the UK...


    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • You couldn't make it up could you?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Welsh Nurses used to have a national uniform, at least they did when I trained. 70/80s

    it was white with different coloured epaulettes;
    Yellow Students RGN and EN(G)
    Dark Green Auxillary Nurse
    Petrol Green EN(G)
    Blue RGN (Staff Nurse)
    Navy Blue Dress Sister / Senior Nurse

    Simples

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Show 1020results per page

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.