Nurses’ uniform warning at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nurses’ uniform warning at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nurses’ uniform warning at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Nurses are being told cover up this summer if they intend to wear their uniform outside hospital grounds.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust chief nurse Sherree Fagge said staff should wear a coat if they did not want to change out of their work clothes.

In a message to staff she said: “As the weather improves and summer slowly creeps up upon us, I would like to remind staff that uniforms should not be worn outside of work, including when travelling to and from work.

“If uniforms are worn outside of work then they need to be fully covered by a coat.

“This is to maintain and uphold professional standards as well as for safety and security reasons.

“Although there is no evidence that wearing a uniform outside of work is an infection risk it looks unprofessional and patients and the public perceive that it is a risk, so please take it off or cover it up.”

The trust runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton, and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath among others.

It used to have one of the highestMRSA infection rates in the country, but reported just six cases last year.

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9:00am Tue 18 Jun 13

NickBrt says...

OOh err MAtron.
OOh err MAtron. NickBrt
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9:01am Tue 18 Jun 13

Eddddd27 says...

The picture used shows Nurses from the Martlets Hospice - nothing to do with BSUH whatsoever......
The picture used shows Nurses from the Martlets Hospice - nothing to do with BSUH whatsoever...... Eddddd27
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9:49am Tue 18 Jun 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

What will community nurses do as the Greens want us to all use the buses to get about town. And when the new bike lane is installed in Edward Street will nurses starting a 12 hour night shift have shower facilities to change uni their uniforms?
My missus is a nurse and she says she will cycle when Jason and his wife get full time jobs with 12 hour shifts and then cycle without claiming the child car allowance and the £42,000 allowance.
What will community nurses do as the Greens want us to all use the buses to get about town. And when the new bike lane is installed in Edward Street will nurses starting a 12 hour night shift have shower facilities to change uni their uniforms? My missus is a nurse and she says she will cycle when Jason and his wife get full time jobs with 12 hour shifts and then cycle without claiming the child car allowance and the £42,000 allowance. Maxwell's Ghost
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10:40am Tue 18 Jun 13

whereisthe...? says...

Sounds like 'Faggy' Sheree is a bit of a moron...
Sounds like 'Faggy' Sheree is a bit of a moron... whereisthe...?
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10:44am Tue 18 Jun 13

stir up says...

The main cause of infections in hospitals is the fact that nurses shop, collect children from school travel on public transport in the uniforms they wear to and from work.
In the past they were not allowed off site in uniforms, but off course in those days part of a uniform was a type of white apron worn over the blue dress this showed the dirt and had to be changed daily.These days you see nurses from dental practices, hospitals clinics ets all over the town, not only picking up infections but passing them off to one and all.
The main cause of infections in hospitals is the fact that nurses shop, collect children from school travel on public transport in the uniforms they wear to and from work. In the past they were not allowed off site in uniforms, but off course in those days part of a uniform was a type of white apron worn over the blue dress this showed the dirt and had to be changed daily.These days you see nurses from dental practices, hospitals clinics ets all over the town, not only picking up infections but passing them off to one and all. stir up
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11:47am Tue 18 Jun 13

voiceofthescoombe says...

Back in the day they had changing rooms and a laundry service.
But that was cut to cut costs funny that.
Back in the day they had changing rooms and a laundry service. But that was cut to cut costs funny that. voiceofthescoombe
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12:08pm Tue 18 Jun 13

mc_chopski says...

stir up wrote:
The main cause of infections in hospitals is the fact that nurses shop, collect children from school travel on public transport in the uniforms they wear to and from work.
In the past they were not allowed off site in uniforms, but off course in those days part of a uniform was a type of white apron worn over the blue dress this showed the dirt and had to be changed daily.These days you see nurses from dental practices, hospitals clinics ets all over the town, not only picking up infections but passing them off to one and all.
Infection? Nothing to do with visitors coming in off the street without so much as washing their hands then. I see this *every* day.

The ban on nurses wearing their uniforms outside of work has long been in place - the only trouble is, like most policies at BSUH, they are not seriously enforced by the senior management and there are no consequences for non-compliance.

It is especially saddening when you see senior nurses, in uniform, having a fag on the street corner. Again, no consequences, thats the BSUH way.
[quote][p][bold]stir up[/bold] wrote: The main cause of infections in hospitals is the fact that nurses shop, collect children from school travel on public transport in the uniforms they wear to and from work. In the past they were not allowed off site in uniforms, but off course in those days part of a uniform was a type of white apron worn over the blue dress this showed the dirt and had to be changed daily.These days you see nurses from dental practices, hospitals clinics ets all over the town, not only picking up infections but passing them off to one and all.[/p][/quote]Infection? Nothing to do with visitors coming in off the street without so much as washing their hands then. I see this *every* day. The ban on nurses wearing their uniforms outside of work has long been in place - the only trouble is, like most policies at BSUH, they are not seriously enforced by the senior management and there are no consequences for non-compliance. It is especially saddening when you see senior nurses, in uniform, having a fag on the street corner. Again, no consequences, thats the BSUH way. mc_chopski
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9:31pm Tue 18 Jun 13

qm says...

“This is to maintain and uphold professional standards as well as for safety and security reasons.

“Although there is no evidence that wearing a uniform outside of work is an infection risk it looks unprofessional and patients and the public perceive that it is a risk, so please take it off or cover it up.”

"uphold professional standards", "security risk", "unprofessional" - what a load of tripe!
Nurses have always held a position of respect in our society! The time when they are most in danger is when they are wearing their uniforms and trying to do their jobs as best they can in an under resourced badly managed workplace dealing with an increasingly frustrated patient group!
'Chief Nurse' needs to deal with the real issues facing the trust instead of pontificating and playing jobs worth!
“This is to maintain and uphold professional standards as well as for safety and security reasons. “Although there is no evidence that wearing a uniform outside of work is an infection risk it looks unprofessional and patients and the public perceive that it is a risk, so please take it off or cover it up.” "uphold professional standards", "security risk", "unprofessional" - what a load of tripe! Nurses have always held a position of respect in our society! The time when they are most in danger is when they are wearing their uniforms and trying to do their jobs as best they can in an under resourced badly managed workplace dealing with an increasingly frustrated patient group! 'Chief Nurse' needs to deal with the real issues facing the trust instead of pontificating and playing jobs worth! qm
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