To accompany a make-over of the ward, which includes a teenage chill-out space, the nurses’ uniforms will now feature childlike medical motifs, such as nurses, doctors and mini-ambulances. Domestic staff will wear the same fabric but in a different colour, and bank nurses and students will have a tabard to differentiate them.
‘It really feels as though this has lifted the mood on the ward,” said Trish Luck, a matron on the ward.
‘This is the first step towards doing things to make the wards more friendly. Most of the children and parents really like it. We also want to bring in child-friendly hospital gowns and have a child’s voice telling people to wash their hands as they enter the wards,’ said Ms Luck.
Last month, Southampton General Hospital introduced new scrubs featuring fun prints to appeal to children for its team of play specialists.