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Following complaints from patients, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust have now issued doctors, nurses and other staff with strict uniform guidelines.  These include a ban on staff exposing their midriff or showing excessive cleavage.  The six page dress code applies to both uniform and non-uniform staff and also bans the wearing of denim, mini-skirts, leggings or shorts whilst at work.

The policy has always been in place, but after receiving a series of complaints it was re-vamped in March of this year.  It has been agreed by both Trade Unions and Staff Councils and is intended to reflect the trust’s values by ensuring staff portray a professional and consistent image.

Other issues highlighted in this toughened up policy are personal hygiene issues.  These include the lingering smell of cigarette smoke on clothes and breath, keeping hair neat and tidy, ensuring facial hair is clean and neatly trimmed and that nails are kept short and clean.  They have also banned the wearing of hair ribbons, slides and combs, and state that any offensive tattoos must be covered up.  Open sandals have also been highlighted as a health and safety issue.

The trust warns that the policy will be strictly enforced in all departments, and that any staff member not adhering to the rules will face disciplinary action.  It applies to over 5,000 clinical and non-clinical staff who work at the trust’s seven hospitals.

A spokesman for North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said: ”The policy’s aim is to ensure that all staff within the Trust, both those in uniform and those not, present a professional image at all times that gives the public confidence in the services being provided.”


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