At Birmingham Children's Hospital we are committed to giving children and young people more dignity and improving their experience in hospital. As part of this we have launched a revolutionary new alternative to the traditional backless hospital gown - the Dignity Giving Suit.
Visiting the operating theatre can be nerve wracking for our young patients and having to wear an ill-fitting, uncomfortable and fiddly hospital gown did little to ease their apprehension.
Our innovative solution
Acting on feedback from young people and families, we enlisted the expertise of uniform design company Fashion at Work (UK) to develop an innovative solution which upholds a patient’s dignity at every stage of care, while allowing quick, easy and dignified access for their procedure and follow-up care.
Our patients said they wanted a two-piece outfit which led to the development of a Karate-suit style design with a short sleeved top and cut-off trousers. The fabric is comfortable, warm and hardwearing, lasting much longer than the current lightweight NHS gowns and ensuring value for money.
It comes in eight sizes to fit babies up to teenagers and adults, is joined with fasteners at 28 points and the top is reversible so the outfit can be used in every possible scenario in theatre and post-operative care settings, for example complex heart surgery, the insertion of a neck line or hernia repair, or accessing a plaster cast on a broken arm.
The design is fully registered with patent pending and is currently being adapted for the adult market which will be showcased to hospitals across the country later this year.