The National Uniform Dress

Until about 1972 all hospitals had their own style of uniform, mostly the traditional dress and starched apron. In the early 70s, the Dept of Health decided to go for a corporate look for all NHS nurses.

The dress came in 4 colors.

It turned out that the dark blue was never used because Sisters insisted on wearing a proper uniform! The light blue was found everywhere worn by both students and qualified staff, white was only ever found in a very few hospitals and the stone colour was issued to just about all auxiliaries.


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