Ladies in red are on hand to help at superhospital

Senior nurses at Queen Alexandra Hospital are now wearing new red uniforms so they are easily identifiable to patients, visitors and colleagues.
Senior nurses at Queen Alexandra Hospital are now wearing new red uniforms so they are easily identifiable to patients, visitors and colleagues.
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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ALL dressed in red, these nurses are not going to be missed on the ward.

The workers at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham have the new uniforms so they are easily identifiable to patients, visitors and colleagues.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, says the uniforms are a simple way to help patients and their families see who is the most senior nurse in charge of an area.

They also allow people to direct comments and raise issues with the most senior nurse around.

Nicky Lucey, the deputy director of nursing at the hospital trust, said: ‘The point of the uniforms is to help patients and visitors identify who the senior nurses are so they know who to speak to if they have an issue to raise.

‘They are vibrant and we picked them deliberately so the senior nurses would stand out.

‘And because they stand out so much we’ve had a lot of people asking us about them.’

She added: ‘We’ve had positive feedback from people so far.

‘People have said it’s nice to see who is in charge and see the senior nurses out and about on the wards.’

There are thousands of nurses at QA hospital, most of whom wear uniforms which are either grey, light blue or dark blue.

Now 19 senior nurses are wearing the new red ones.

Bosses said the money came from its existing budget and that the cash would it have been spent on uniforms anyway.

It spent £20 on two new red uniforms for each of the 19 senior nurses – which is on a par with the cost of general nursing uniforms.

Mrs Lucey said: ‘This isn’t new money that’s been spent on the new red ones.

‘It’s just money that would have been spent on uniforms anyway – they just happen to be a different colour.’