"Concerns about staff uniforms"

About: Raigmore Hospital / General Medicine

(as a relative),

There are not enough toilets in the public areas, i.e. outpatients and main entrance halls.

Also, with current uniform styles, it is too easy for nurses to look untidy, i.e. baggy trousers trailing on the ground and a variety of dusty looking shoes. It seems that the dark colours can conceal dirt. I know functional outfits are safer for handling patients and equipment. Also, hair is usually tied back but the bits trailing around the face leads to frequent handling and therefore contamination.

I think nurses look like B&Q warehouse staff. I suggest looking at the staff of ‘Boots’ the chemist.

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Response from Linda Kirkland, Interim Director of Operations, Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highland

Thank you row499 for taking the time to feedback two very important issues to us. My colleague Donna Smith, divisional general manager is leading a planned refurbishment of these areas in order to provide improved toilet facilities and I am sure if you would like, Donna would be happy to share these plans with you.

With regards to the uniforms, I understand completely your concerns and I know that the Lead nurse for Raigmore, Brenda Wilson will take onboard your comments and will ensure that staff dress appropriately and smartly. The uniforms are part of a national dress policy, uniforms are fitted and tailored by our seamstresses and I will also feedback your comments to them particularly with regards to the fit.

Thank you again for taking the time to let us have your thoughts, if you wish more information my e mail address is linda.kirkland@nhs.net and I would be very happy to chat things through with you

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