Cleanliness and hygiene is paramount in the medical and healthcare industry and this extends to your uniform. Medical uniforms that have been specially designed for the healthcare industry will protect doctors, nurses, receptionists and any other personnel from hazardous substances and spillages whilst also minimising the spread of infection.
Not only do medical uniforms have a practical function, but they also make a positive lasting impression on patients and boast professionalism. When appropriate, you can also personalise your uniforms with a logo, professional title or name as personalised embroidered workwear will increase familiarity between members of staff and patients and subsequently instil a sense of trust.
It can be tricky to decide what medical uniforms you want to use in your surgery or practice – should doctors, nurses and receptionists wear the same? Should you have a colour scheme? Should each member of staff have a different and unique uniform? Well fear not, today we explore the range of different options that are available to you.
Receptionists are more than likely the first face your patients will see and therefore a receptionist’s uniform should make a positive impression. For some, visiting the doctors, hospital or any other medical institution can be a frightening thought and your receptionist should wear bright coloured clothes to create an inviting atmosphere and approachable persona. If reception staff are wearing a white uniform, it could make the whole process feel clinical and impersonal and result in patients feeling uneasy. Medical professionals have a duty of care and if patients don’t feel welcome, they could end up trying to tackle their issues themselves or ignoring life-threatening problems.
Medical nurse tunics, also commonly referred to as ‘scrubs’ have a number of benefits, the key benefit being that it protects nurses from bodily fluids, chemicals and spillages. Depending on company policy, nurses can wear colourful patterned scrubs to create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere similar to that of a receptionist’s uniform. Scrubs also make nurses easily identifiable for both patients and other medical professionals. It is of the upmost importance that a nurse’s uniform is clean and hygienic and to ensure this, scrubs must be thoroughly and rigorously cleaned using special chemicals and a high temperature machine that would damage personal and regular clothing.
Typically, doctors have more freedom when it comes to uniforms and can choose from casual jeans and a t-shirt, to the clinical white coat, to full protective scrubs, to a full three-piece suit. Doctors may opt to wear a suit in order to stand out from other medical personnel whilst presenting themselves as professional and trustworthy towards their patients. However some doctors believe that wearing a suit makes an appointment feel more like a business meeting rather than what it is, and these doctors choose to take a more casual approach. While wearing jeans and a t-shirt may seem somewhat unprofessional, it can instead help to develop a relationship between doctor and client based on familiarity and friendliness. If a doctor wears a casual uniform it can make patients feel at ease, as if they are talking to a friend rather than a medical professional. Other doctors prefer to wear scrubs for the same reasons as nurses – to protect themselves from any bodily fluids or hazardous chemicals.
When choosing a uniform for a doctor’s surgery, hospital or any other medical institution, the most important thing to consider is that all members of staff feel comfortable in what they wear. There are no set rules on uniforms in the healthcare sector and essentially, it comes down to personal preference and the relationship you hope to build with your patients.
This article on healthcare uniforms was provided by health and safety clothing provider, Image To Suit You.