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Hospitals who have changed

New cross hospital

Last year, in 2023, New Cross Hospital at Wolverhampton implemented our embroidered theatre hats into their operating theatre department.


“The new hats create a strong sense of identity for those wearing them and have already contributed to improved teamworking within the department, plus the reusable caps provide added comfort and wearability during the working day.


We also hope by including our names on hats this will help to reduce anxiety in nervous patients as knowing the name of the person looking after them should support with building stronger relationships, while also helping them have a better understanding of who is looking after them.”

Dr Meenu Netke, Clinical Sustainability Lead for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT)

New Cross doctors wearing named hats

Royal Liverpool

"The theatre environment is a complex one where we interact with different team members all the time, all of whom work towards one goal: patient safety and the provision of safe patient care”. The use of reusable named theatre caps with roles on, enables better communication to provide this and since our Anaesthetists have been wearing their own caps, they have noticed an improvement in this".

Patients also know who they are interacting with, which allays their anxiety and improves their experience. There is better team engagement and it allows team members to work together. Also, the environmental benefits are a massive bonus for us all.

Royal Liverpool doctors wearing named hats

Other comments from staff included the following:

“Very comfortable”

“The biggest difference I noticed was on Monday when people addressed me by my name a lot more than usual”.

“The team huddle is all well and good in the morning, but I don’t remember everyone’s names and if we had named caps for everyone that would be great”.

“It’s a good idea and helps to identify who is who”.

“Double thumbs up, comfortable and environmentally friendly and in scenarios where we may be working with different teams i.e., in resus, on arrests on the ward etc, it improves communication”.

“They are really comfortable and it’s nice to be called out by name”.

“They are definitely a good thing; we immediately know who is who”.

“They look smart as part of our uniform on top of our otherwise casual suit. The caps create a feeling of a unified workforce, representing the roles within the department.".

“It gives you an identity outside the theatre where your role is sometimes unknown to many”.

“It enables clear communication, especially in emergencies where timing is key to communicate with specific individuals and calling by name is important”.

“In theatre we work with different members and staff from other areas and the named caps reduces the tension of being unfamiliar with your team, not to mention the reduction in waste is brilliant and goes alongside our other efforts to recycle”.

Royal Liverpool doctors wearing named hats

Fife hospital

“The colourful hats brighten up the department. Surgeons and patients appreciate the fact that these include the medics’ names and abbreviated roles, for example ODP or ODSW.


 ​It has been seen as a great communication tool and patients look to our hats and will say our names.We work over two sites, so because of the mixing of staff it is very valuable to see who people are.


Because of COVID we now wear masks/visors,  so it is hard to recognise staff. The hats are great at identifying who people are”.​Lindsay Quinn,


Fife Hospital, December 2020. 

Fife Hospital doctors wearing named hats


Walsgrave introduced named hats in 2019. Linda Comyns outlined the impact the hats have had: 

"We have been wearing them for nearly a year now and, although it has been a big change for staff, it is proving a success all round and is definitely a big improvement regarding communication and safety. 


In an emergency situation you can see at a glance who can do what role”.

Waslgrave hospital doctors wearing named hats
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