Allana Smyth Challenges Ben de Lisi and NHS Over Hospital Gown Redesign
Allana Smyth, a small company based near Market Harborough, has fought hard to put its product in front of the NHS and is throwing down the gauntlet. The company wants to challenge the Ben de Lisi patient gown with its own design, which will be offered free of charge to run head-to-head in NHS hospital trials.
According to rigorous tests of the Allana Smyth gown conducted at a large, regional university hospital, the product promoted patient dignity and was considered comfortable, as well as minimising the wearer’s exposure to infection risks. During the trial, the gowns showed no signs of fading, shrinkage, distortion or wear. One patient asked to continue using the gown after the trial had finished.
Sarah Smyth, a director of Allana Smyth Limited, says: "We contest the idea that a de Lisi gown is the best option for ensuring patient modesty and ease of access. Developed in house by our small team that has almost 40 years’ experience in the care industry, our existing gowns have been praised by patients and staff alike following trials in several hospitals. It’s disappointing that the NHS’s endorsement goes to a celebrity designer rather than supporting achievements in the UK’s small to medium enterprise sector."
The Allana Smyth patient gown is unusual as it can be opened completely flat, allowing less mobile patients to be dressed and undressed with minimal effort while maintaining their modesty – unlike the existing NHS gown. The ease of access afforded by the Allana Smyth gown means medical lines don’t need to be interrupted, which reduces the risk of hospital infections entering the patient. Suitable for patients of up to 40 stone, the gown is offered in various colours and also in an antibacterial fabric for extra infection control.
Allana Smyth's gowns are manufactured to a high standard from comfortable yet hard wearing fabric designed to cope with hospital laundries. Because they allow easy access for both wearers and staff, the gowns can minimise the need for two nurses to dress and undress the patient. Furthermore, patients can be more independent for their personal hygiene needs than when wearing a regular hospital gown and may require fewer nursing interventions during their daily routine. This is helpful in a hospital environment where staff may be over-stretched.
Allana Smyth's design director is Nina Faresin, a high street designer for more than 20 years who has been accustomed to dressing the nation with stylish yet wearable clothing. It is the blend of Nina’s high street experience with Sarah’s considerable understanding of care needs that makes the Allana Smyth gown so suitable.
Nina says: "I'm used to balancing style with comfort and practicality, so addressing the hospital gown dilemma was a natural sideways step. Sarah and I work well as a team and our mix of complementary skills and experience produced what we believe to be the perfect hospital gown."
Sarah Smyth concludes: "We believe our design can't be beaten by a big-name fashion designer. We would welcome the opportunity for our respective products to go head-to-head in a proper trial so the NHS can see the benefits of our proven design."
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For further information, please contact:
Nina Faresin, design director
Tel: 01536 764267 / 07980 698784
Michael Smyth, director
Tel: 01536 764267 / 07753 702446
Sarah Smyth, director
Tel: 01536 764267 / 07891 828142
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Generous overlap on back fastening to preserve patient dignity
the gown can be easily changed without excessive patient handling
Full length in pale blue showing easy shape and comfortable neckline
same functionality but in a variety of attractive styles
opens through both shoulders
The functionality of the gown can be applied to a variety of attractive styles
Allanagown is also available in pretty colours and styles
The innovative gown can be opened completely flat to dress and undress patients with less effort than a conventional gown.