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Hospital: Take off your uniform, nurse

By Chris V. Thangham     Aug 22, 2007 in Health
Derby City Hospital tells its nurses to take off their uniform before they leave work after hearing complaints from the public seeing the nurses in shops and pubs. A new dress code will help the hospital maintain the professional image of its staff.
Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and Derby City Hospital have ordered their clinical staff and nurses not to wear uniforms outside of work.
Some members of the public had complained about seeing the uniforms worn in shops and pubs and fear there may be contamination at those places.
Lynn Hyatt, assistant director of nursing at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary said to the Derby Evening Telegraph that the public started to complain after seeing the staff outside the hospital still wearing the uniforms. She said the new dress code will help portray a professional image for its staff.
“There is also a public perception that it will reduce the spread of hospital infections but, in reality, there is no evidence to support this.”
I think it is a good move; they can take off the uniform outside of work to keep them in sterile condition.
I have seen emergency workers wearing their uniform and I understand they need to have a quick bite before they work, but in the above instance, some staff may go to pubs (bars) which is not be a healthy place to visit before going back to work.
Is the hospital right to ban the nurses from wearing the uniforms outside of work?
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