Southampton General Hospital has lost almost 2,000 pairs of pyjamas bought in January

Southampton General Hospital has lost almost 2,000 pairs of pyjamas, pictured, since January

Southampton General Hospital has lost almost 2,000 pairs of pyjamas, pictured, since January

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

THEY are items of clothing most people hope they never wear again.

But hospital pyjamas at Southampton General Hospital are in short supply with almost 2,000 going missing since January.

Pyjamas are among the items most often taken from hospitals by patients when they go home – with just 73 pairs remaining of 2,000 bought in January.

Medical pyjama sets costs the hospital £6 each, meaning it has lost out on more than £11,000 in clothing.

Walking sticks and blankets are also frequently taken away as patients collect their belongings before leaving.

Now University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, which runs Southampton General and Princess Anne hospitals, is offering an amnesty on any items taken from its premises.

Juliet Cox, head of patient experience, said: “The loss of any hospital property, whether it is clothing, crutches or other equipment, does have an impact, both in terms of supplies for other patients and the cost of replacements.

“Although we will always have gowns and nightwear available to protect patients’ privacy and dignity, a few small steps can ensure we avoid unnecessarily purchasing additional clothing and can put the funds to better use.”

She added: “We are working with patients and staff to highlight the problem and have launched a project with nursing and care homes across the city to ensure patients have their own clothes to return home in or are supplied with disposable alternatives.”

The hospital is also updating ‘Your stay in Hospital’ booklets highlighting the need for patients to bring their own clothes.

The news comes as researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Portsmouth have designed a copper-infused fabric that can fight back against infections like MRSA.

Embedded in a pair of pyjamas, the fabric attracts bacteria which then clusters and is destroyed.

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8:23am Mon 4 Aug 14

Higginz says...

Perfect attire for those summer evenings on the terrace.
'Another glass of Chablis Darling?'
'Yes please, and my my, what is this beautiful cool spearmint green suit you're wearing? What delightful tayloring!'
Perfect attire for those summer evenings on the terrace. 'Another glass of Chablis Darling?' 'Yes please, and my my, what is this beautiful cool spearmint green suit you're wearing? What delightful tayloring!' Higginz
  • Score: 19

9:28am Mon 4 Aug 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

all that mrsa and ebola ,yuck.
all that mrsa and ebola ,yuck. SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: -11

9:36am Mon 4 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable.
Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable. Dai Rear
  • Score: 6

10:23am Mon 4 Aug 14

solomum says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable.
Whilst I agree that a small charge is not unreasonable, there are patients who genuinely could not afford it. Most people do not choose to go into hospital. £20 a day for someone who is in for a fortnight would be £280. Not many NHS patients could afford that. If every patient were to be charged a nominal fee of say £10 per hospital stay, then that would bring in much needed funds for the NHS and would be a discouragement to those who use the NHS as a free hotel. We are very fortunate to live in a country with an NHS.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable.[/p][/quote]Whilst I agree that a small charge is not unreasonable, there are patients who genuinely could not afford it. Most people do not choose to go into hospital. £20 a day for someone who is in for a fortnight would be £280. Not many NHS patients could afford that. If every patient were to be charged a nominal fee of say £10 per hospital stay, then that would bring in much needed funds for the NHS and would be a discouragement to those who use the NHS as a free hotel. We are very fortunate to live in a country with an NHS. solomum
  • Score: 3

11:32am Mon 4 Aug 14

boldie says...

try charity shops they got sticks and others there
try charity shops they got sticks and others there boldie
  • Score: 0

11:34am Mon 4 Aug 14

boldie says...

try charity shops 4 sticks they sell them
try charity shops 4 sticks they sell them boldie
  • Score: 0

12:13pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Mr E says...

Are the Pajamas really being taken home by patients ? I cant see the desirability of a second hand NHS issue set of pajamas myself
Perhaps its easier to dump them rather than clean them if they get contaminated
Are the Pajamas really being taken home by patients ? I cant see the desirability of a second hand NHS issue set of pajamas myself Perhaps its easier to dump them rather than clean them if they get contaminated Mr E
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

sparkster says...

Hospitals usually supply gowns if youre rushed in, if you are staying for a while surely the family take in the patient's own pyjamas so there should be no need to take hospital pyjamas home
Hospitals usually supply gowns if youre rushed in, if you are staying for a while surely the family take in the patient's own pyjamas so there should be no need to take hospital pyjamas home sparkster
  • Score: 2

9:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

9 Toes Romsey says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable.
Most of us already do, it's called National Insurance.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable.[/p][/quote]Most of us already do, it's called National Insurance. 9 Toes Romsey
  • Score: 0

8:32am Tue 5 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

9 Toes Romsey wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable.
Most of us already do, it's called National Insurance.
Actually most "long stay" patients tend to be over 60/65 and may have paid NITax but don't now
[quote][p][bold]9 Toes Romsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Long past time that patients contributed to the "hotel" element of hospital stay. £20 a day seems reasonable.[/p][/quote]Most of us already do, it's called National Insurance.[/p][/quote]Actually most "long stay" patients tend to be over 60/65 and may have paid NITax but don't now Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

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