It’s a cover-up

10 February 2010
Sarah Campbell blog picA new fashion catalogue will land on the desks of NHS buyers next year – for designer hospital gowns. Finally, the traditional gown, famously lacking in material at the rear, is getting a makeover. The Design Council has commissioned American designer Ben de Lisi to create a loose garment that provides easy access for doctors and nurses, but which doesn’t mean your bottom is on show when you walk the wards. This revolution in patient dignity warranted a leader in yesterday’s Times. (The paper’s website has the story, with a picture of what the gowns might look like.) Here is a chance for NHS buyers to make a huge difference to people’s experience in hospital, which is scary enough without having the added humiliation of inappropriate gaps in clothing. The new design is expected to be approved by the Department of Health and recommended for purchase by the health service next year. This is a little plea to buyers to take up the new gowns as soon as they come to market.
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