Colourful initiative brings smiles to ICU

Dunedin Hospital critical care unit staff in their Friday scrubs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Dunedin Hospital critical care unit staff in their Friday scrubs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Schools often have mufti days, but hospitals?

Every Friday, doctors and nurses working in the critical care unit at Dunedin Hospital have dispensed with their usual blues or greens and instead kitted up in one of 120 brightly coloured sets of scrubs given to the hospital by Australian clothing company Gorman.

The firm distributes its unorthodox medical kit to hospitals in Australia and New Zealand as part of its "Scrub ‘Em Up With Love" charity fundraising project.

Intensive care nurse Jen Magee nominated Te Puna Wai Ora to take part in the programme, and since its wardrobe change in April the critical care unit has raised $1116 for Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women’s Refuge.

"It has been heartwarming to see the smiles these colourful scrubs bring to staff and patient faces," Ms Magee said.

"It is such a great morale booster for our team with the incredible bonus of being able to raise some much-needed funds for the Women’s Refuge coming into winter."

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