• Question: What do all of the different colour scrubs that doctors/nurses wear in hospitals mean

    Asked by George to Psychiatry Ward Team, Neel - Psychiatrist, Home Treatment Team, Ed - Mental Health Nurse on 5 Feb 2019.
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      Ed Freshwater answered on 5 Feb 2019:

      Where I am nobody wears a uniform! In hospitals, different colours usually mean different jobs and levels, so a senior nurse might wear a different colour to a junior nurse.

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      Home Treatment Team answered on 5 Feb 2019:

      (Nicky – psychiatrist) Ooh goodness its a long time since I worked in that kind of setting. Different colours in A&E mean different professions.

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      Sheffield Psychiatry Ward Team answered on 5 Feb 2019: last edited 5 Feb 2019 1:25 pm

      In psychiatry we don’t tend to wear scrubs – though it would make it easier deciding what to wear!

      In other hospitals the colour/pattern can tell you what role someone has, e.g. physios will wear one type of uniform, OTs another. Nurses will often have slight differences which will show seniority, such as the matron will have one colour, e.g. dark blue, the staff nurses another e.g. light blue, the students another etc. The differences vary depending on which hospital you’re in.

      There isnt really a difference between doctors that wear scrubs, it’s just what they have clean in the changing rooms! A&E scrubs will often have “doctor” or “consultant” stitched on to them


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      Neel Halder answered on 9 Feb 2019:

      We don’t wear them but surgeons and some other specialities do. They use different colours in different hospitals so I couldn’t answer. Sometimes they use it to distinguish different professions.