Nurses in Wales given colour-coded uniforms

Hospital nurses in Wales are to wear colour-coded uniforms so patients can better distinguish between staff.

Navy blue is for hospital ward sisters and charge nurses, royal blue for specialist nurses, light blue for staff nurses and green for healthcare support workers.

The uniforms will be phased in across Wales from October.

Currently, different grades in every NHS trust in Wales have their own uniform.

Health minister Edwina Hart said: ‘The new uniform will help to instil further confidence in the nursing profession as it will ensure that people entering our hospitals in Wales know immediately who is a nurse and who is in charge.’

Recommendations included that the uniforms be short-sleeved to maximise hand washing and be impractical to wear outside the workplace.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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