NEW colour-coded uniforms have been introduced at Salisbury District Hospital to make it easier for patients to identify the role and seniority of healthcare staff.

Following staff and patient consultation, new scrubs have been introduced in five different colours that relate to roles and responsibilities: l Navy blue – senior ward leaders/sisters.

* Light blue – ward staff nurses/assistant practitioners.

* Silver- specialist nurses/ directorate senior nurses.

* Green – nursing assistants and phlebotomists.

* Maroon – therapists, radiographers.

Fiona Hyett, deputy director of nursing, said: “In Salisbury we regularly gather views from our patients and it became clear that some felt that the one-colour blue scrub uniform made it difficult for them to distinguish between different levels of staff. Our staff also told us that they were unhappy with the quality and look of these uniforms.

“These scrubs are lightweight and comfortable to wear and are also better quality, which will improve appearances.”