Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Niqab Hospital Gowns



I found this article the other day and was really excited, lol. Then I noticed it was written in 2006. This would definitely be more sterile and sanitary than bringing in your own niqab/shayla/abaya/covering into the hospital.

I wonder if it ever happened?

anyone know?

Modesty gowns for female patients
Burqua-style hospital gown
The gowns have been designed to comply with religious rules
A gown designed for female Muslim patients who wish to preserve their modesty for religious reasons is being introduced to hospitals in Lancashire.

The £12 outfits - made in Yorkshire - cover the entire head, neck and body, leaving just a slot for the eyes.

The burqua-style gowns come with trousers, two styles of head-dress and elasticated cuffs to prevent women's arms from being revealed.

They will be available to patients at in Chorley and Preston from November.

The gowns were trialled at Royal Preston Hospital and proved so successful that a number of other NHS Trusts have also expressed an interest in offering them.

Preserving modesty

Karen Jacob, linen services manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, came up with the idea.

She said: "I noticed a gap in the market and thought that it would be great if there was a gown that helped to preserve a patient's modesty."

The gowns are believed to be a world first - and TrusTECH, the NHS organisation which manages innovation for the North West NHS - has the patent.

It means the market for the gowns among the globe's billion-plus Muslims is immense.

Tim Meadows, customer service manager for Interweave, the West Yorkshire-based firm which makes the garments, believes the demand for the gowns could be huge.

"We think there is a large market out there," he says.

"We hope it will be a success. We have invested a lot of time and money."


Banana Anne said...

That is very interesting. Be warned, though--Daniel Pipes is a notorious Islamophobe, so this article was probably not written with good intentions.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

I remember seeing that awhile ago. It would be interesting to see if their demand is as high as they projected.

Hijab Chic said...

That's a great idea!

Mon Vie & Etc said...

Score! Another point for muslims, but really, that is a great idea.

:) <3

NeverEver said...

Anne: I switched to the BBC article instead of the Daniel Pipes one. No need to send people in his direction eh? :-P

Stacy: Yeah but I couldn't find any followup on it anywhere..

Hijab Chic & Mon Vie: I know right? :-P Kudos to that lady for sure. I think it would be better if it didn't have pants, but still pretty awesome!

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