So we\’ve been having this huge thing about the gowns that people wear in NHS hospitals. No back to them and thus rather revelaing if you get up for a wee or anything.
The Ben de Lisi-designed striped reversible garment keeps the patient\’s body covered and has snap fasteners on the side to allow instant access by medical staff.
It was one of the winners of a Design Council competition commissioned by the Department of Health.
How lovely. Now, here comes the interesting questions.
Firstly, I assume that the original design was so that there\’s easy access to the patients\’ body by medical staff. I\’m sure it makes the use of a bed pan easier too.
OK, so, how do other countries manage the same things? Do US hospital gowns work the same way? Swedish? French?
Then we get to the really interesting part. So, the NHS is paying attention to the desires of patients in not having quite such a revealing gown. Lovely. But is this a world first, showing how wonderfully innovative and considerate of the customer such a national and government provided service is? Or is the NHS decades behind other health care systems showing how a national and government provided service is a lumbering behemoth which almost entirely ignores the customers\’ wishes?
Anyone actually know?
One other invention seems entirely redundant:
The gown was on show at the Design Council in London alongside other winning entries including a \’\’bed pod\’\’ with a curved ceiling to help ensure conversations remain private on wards and a \’\’capsule\’\’ washroom to help provide single-sex lavatory and washing facilities on wards.
Aren\’t all wards supposed to be single sex real soon now?