It's a wrap! Hospitals test new, more modest gown

This is an undated handout made available from the North Bristol National Health Service Trust in western England on Tuesday Feb. 9, 2010 of the new hospital gown, right, which protects patients' "dignity and privacy" by keeping their bottoms covered up, and the old gown, left. Traditional robes which fasten at the back can expose the rear - so two Bristol hospitals are phasing them out in favour of the new "dignity gowns". The more modest model, ties up at the sides and wraps around the body. (AP Photos/North Bristol NHS Trust/PA)
February 9, 2010 10:13:47 AM PST
The British government is getting behind a plan to replace drafty open-backed hospital gowns with versions that preserve patients' modesty. The country's Design Council has asked designers and manufacturers to come up with replacements for the gowns, which it said often leave patients feeling exposed.

One model is being created by U.S.-born designer Ben de Lisi, who has made dresses for stars including Kate Winslet. He told the BBC his design, made from luxury cotton, was "fabulous and aspirational."

Wraparound gowns are already being tested in the western English city of Bristol, and officials said Tuesday that feedback has been positive.

The new gowns will be unveiled next month, and the government says it hopes to have them in hospitals next year.


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