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Irene's designs on hospital wear
Irene Dee
Irene hopes hospital patients can now dress with dignity

A fashion lecturer at the University of Wales, Newport has designed some innovative new hospital gowns which aim to improve patient dignity.

Irene Dee produced the designs after seeing her 80 year old father struggle with gowns when receiving treatment at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny.

Irene has carried out extensive research over the last three years at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

She's now in talks with Gwent NHS trust in a bid to get her designs into wards.

Irene carried out research into hospital gowns as part of her masters degree, speaking to doctors, patients, nurses and laundry staff.

As a result of the research she developed a range of six seamless gowns which are designed to avoid germs collecting in seams and causing damage to patients' skin.

Irene said: "The problems with the current design of hospital gowns, which has not changed in 50 years, was brought home to me by seeing my dad struggling. I realised then that they are simply not fit for purpose."

"I have designed the gowns with the aim of allowing people to keep their dignity and only expose the body parts they need to".

Irene is now in discussions with Gwent NHS trust to try to get her designs into the ward.

If she gets the go ahead to roll out her designs it could potentially change the face of patient wear across the UK.

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