Gown, gown, gone: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital brings in ‘dignity shorts’ to save patients’ blushes

Hannah Dedman, student nurse, nurse Lynne Evanson with the dignity shorts, Emma McKay, director of n

Hannah Dedman, student nurse, nurse Lynne Evanson with the dignity shorts, Emma McKay, director of nursing, Kay Marrison, dignity champion and gastro matron, Catrina Rogers, nurse, and Beth Limmer. - Credit: Archant

Hospital chiefs are bringing in blue shorts for patients, in a trial that could see a regular alternative to the traditional gowns.

As part of Dignity Action Day, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is introducing the 'dignity shorts' on its Dunston and Elsing Wards, two of the hospital's older people's medicine wards.

Kay Marrison, gastroenterology matron and dignity champion, said: 'The shorts are unisex and will provide comfortable and appropriate coverage to patients who do not have their own nightwear and need appropriate clothing to wear with hospital gowns.

'The shorts are an ideal way to ensure their dignity remains intact.'

The hospital will be the first in the region, and second in the country, to introduce the disposable shorts and pending a successful trial, they will be rolled out to the rest of the hospital in the spring.


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Emma McKay, director of nursing, said: 'The dignity and respect of our patients is a high priority for the hospital and the team are continuously looking at ways where this can be improved.

'The shorts will be a fantastic and innovative addition to the wards and will be another option for patients to choose if they prefer.'

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To mark Dignity Action Day the hospital is also inviting governors, board members, executives and all staff groups to tour the hospital wards to speak to members of staff and patients about their care.

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