"Uniforms - infection control"
About: East Surrey Hospital East Surrey Hospital Redhill RH1 5RH
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After a recent hospital stay for my frail 82 year old mother in law I was pleasantly surprised at the care she received and the thought and attention to her returning home . However my point today is why are hospital staff including nurses and doctors wearing their uniforms to and from work, They travel by public transport, bike car , taxi etc in the uniform they are going to be wearing all day. How does this impact on infection control ? the Doctors were not wearing white coats once in the building and one the wards and with the recent hot weather it was more evident than ever as overcoats were not worn either. What germs are they bringing into the hospital and then taking home with them. Since the hospitals stopped a laundry service and staff have to wash their own uniforms at home this is happening more and more . Surely they should be bringing their uniforms to work with them in a carrier and changing into them at work and removing them before they go home. whilst I was present in the ward , plastic aprons were not always worn.. I would like to understand why this is allowed to happen and who is responsible for protecting the vulnerable patients they look after.