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New NHS uniform

09/12/2009

The first deliveries of the new NHS Scotland national staff uniform are set to arrive today.

To mark the occasion Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon visited staff wearing the uniform at Glasgow's New Stobhill Hospital.

As well as working on the site the staff are taking part in a roadshow aimed at explaining the clothing changes to colleagues and making them aware that the new uniform is now available for order.

Until now, across NHS Scotland, over 250 different styles of tunic have been being purchased in over 100 different colours, the new uniform comprises a single tunic style in five shades of blue and two shades of green.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"I am very pleased to see the first staff wearing the new national uniform which has been designed with them in mind. Staff themselves have been involved from the outset and consulted on both the design and testing of the new outfits.

"Not only will the new NHS staff uniform help to convey the professionalism of healthcare workers, it will also make it easier for patients to identify staff.

"The uniform will also help to minimise the risk of infection and cross-contamination, further contributing to our ongoing drive to tackle healthcare associated infection and boost public confidence."

All NHS staff who currently wear a uniform - from nurses to catering staff to allied health professionals such as physiotherapists - will be required to wear the new uniform. Staff who do not currently wear a uniform will not be required to do so.

The national uniform set comprises a single tunic style in five shades of blue with navy trousers for clinical staff and a duo of greens with navy trousers for non-clinical staff including domestic, catering and porters.

The uniform is available in a wide range of sizes and lengths, including maternity sizes. The tunics do not have breast pockets and all have short sleeves. Samples of the new designs have been tested for wearability and use by many staff across the NHS undertaking different roles.