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TheBoys
TheBoys
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I m sick to death of hospital gowns.

I get x rays for chest twice a year and have changed hospital. Its either put on this gown or take your shirt off ( no metals , just plain t shirts)

This week i have a Barium fluoroscopy and it ll be the same battle

I m fed up seeing people like me degraded in front of other patients and visitors

Ever feel like the UK NHS is odd? There is no dignity in all of this. The net effect is my blood pressure rises and / or I wont have the treatment.

I do have issues due to scarring and weight.

Is this a bug bear for anyone else?

Paul

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Cirkdone

I must admit that I am no fan of hospital gowns (at least as used in the UK). I can never tie the strings behind my back. However I've always had a private changing room and never had to walk far from there to the relevent treatment point - usually without other patients around (and certainly never of the other gender).

The worst time has always been when as an in-patient, but more often than not it is possible after a few days to wear one's own clothes - even for x-rays - only MRI is (necessarily) strict on gown only.

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TheBoys
TheBoys
in reply to Cirkdone

I had a private back.scan in a sit down open mri and i had surgical scrubs on, top and bottom.. Much better.

Last week picked my brother up at a new hospital near Enfield and went ballistic at the sight of several.people uncomfortable in a cramped waiting area. I got him two gowns and snapped at the coordination person there over dignity.

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Cirkdone
Cirkdone
in reply to TheBoys

Except when an in-patient and already in a gown, I've never had to change into a gown until just before my procedure. I've never, ever, had to sit around in it in a waiting area. I agree that it is not right for anyone to have to do that.

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jeffboy_aust

I am with you all the way- there seems to be scant regard for the privacy or comfort of individual patients. I was scheduled to have a urology biopsy, and told to discard my clothing, and put on this so-called gown, before being told to wait in this small area, with about a dozen other patients. I was totally embarrassed to be seated opposite a woman where there was very little need for imagination. I asked to be given a private area to wait, but was refused. The distress of the situation was such that my b p went through the roof, and the specialist was unwilling to proceed. It was rescheduled but under anaesthetic, and my wife was allowed to be with me all through. On that occasion they could manage to find a private place to wait. This was in a private "modern" day surgery hospital. They also managed to find an all male team to do the biopsy.

When it comes to dignity, I must also admit that I have major reservations about female staff being around for urological procedures for guys. But that's another issue.

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TheBoys

Thanks for that . I m not the only one. I sometimes think hospital staff do it deliberately.

I did not attend for a barium swallow fluoroscopy last week for two reasons. Firstly having to peel off when there is no clinical need as an x ray works through a simple plain t shirt. If you have got running bottoms on ..as well you should be able to just go in and out.. i was in an incident years ago in Ulster and got a bit of scarring..more noticeable now cos i ve put weight on. So am very conscious as folk look at it and ask.

The upshot of last week is my hospital relented and rebooked me for two weeks and agreed i dont need a gown

A side issue was that they didn't tell me how the process would work..i had told them.i d just been put on blood pressure meds but were gojng to inject buscopan which could have interacted with my other meds.

In many ways the NHS gives men a hard time and doesn't understand modesty at all. Though this issue of dignity is visible across the health service. It doesn't really care.

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