The best scrubs for private healthcare workers

Due to the pandemic, private healthcare workers are being asked by their employers to wear scrubs to keep them safer. Private hospital staff, care workers, dentists and small business owners, such as beauticians, are all switching to scrubs to keep themselves and their staff safer. 

Many of these people may not be used to purchasing scrubs and may not be aware of what features to look out for when selecting the best scrubs for the task in hand.

Here’s a guide by to help you work out which scrubs are most suited to your role to help keep you as safe as possible.

What are scrubs?

Consisting of a top and trousers, scrubs are a type of clothing designed to be worn in medical settings. Made to be easy to wear over long shifts, scrubs are loose-fitting so they don’t restrict movement and allow medical workers to do often intricate work.

The primary purpose of scrubs is infection prevention and control. By forming a protective barrier between the wearer and potentially hazardous substances, they reduce the risk of infection and reduce the spread of contaminants.

In the Covid-19 pandemic, scrubs have become vitally important to help slow the infection rate and keep healthcare workers and patients safer.

Who in the private sector should wear scrubs?

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of roles wearing scrubs in the private sector has greatly increased:

  • Theatre Staff – Scrubs are quick and easy to change in and out of to be swapped between patients and are comfortable and non-restrictive for the precise movements needed in the operating theatre. Scrubs can be washed at a very high temperature to combat infection control. 
  • Nurses – With the same benefits as above, scrubs can be worn by ward nurses as an alternative to the traditional nursing uniform.
  • Patients – In some areas, they can be used as patient wear to help with dignity; they can be worn as pyjamas instead of traditional gowns.
  • Beauticians– As the beauty and hair industry reopens, staff are being encouraged to wear scrubs to help infection control.
  • Care workers – With a greater focus on infection control, carers are being encouraged to swap to scrubs from tunics and polos to help combat Covid-19.
  • Dentists - For the same reason as surgeons, some dentists are switching to scrubs so they can safely carry out their intricate work.

What are the top medical scrubs?

The following scrubs are ideal for private hospital and dental staff, where close contact with infectious substances occurs daily.

Scrub Separates

Separate tunic and scrub trousers that can be mixed and matched. 

Unisex and perfect for any healthcare situation, whether you need to be in one colour from head-to-toe or in places you don’t want both tunic and trousers to be the same colour. The latter is a great option for businesses that prefer darker colour trousers.

  • 60º washable in line with infection control standards.
  • Tunic has one chest and two hip pockets & side vents for keeping cool.
  • Trousers have an elasticated drawstring waist and one back pocket.
  • Available in a range of colours and with personalisation options.
  1. Scrub Tunic
    Scrub Tunic
    As low as £11.40 £9.50
  2. NU165
    Smart scrub trousers
    As low as £16.98 £14.15
  1. Womens Contrast Trim
    Women's contrast trim scrub tunic
    As low as £16.38 £13.65
  2. Unisex Contrast Trim
    Unisex contrast trim scrub tunic
    As low as £12.00 £10.00 Regular Price £16.38

Contrast trim scrubs

These contrast trim scrubs are a great alternative to the traditional nursing tunics.  Made in both male and female cuts, their trim is available in a range of colours that can be used to denote a person’s role. 

These can also work well in the beauty, hair and care industries where the trim allows businesses to match the colour to their brand.

  • The tunic has a concealed waterproof chest pocket and two hip pockets.
  • 60ºC  washable in line with infection control standards.
  • Available in a range of colours and with personalisation options.

What are the top scrubs for care workers and beauticians?

These scrubs are great for healthcare roles where close contact with people in a non-medical setting is a part of the job role.

Women’s Scrub Tunic

A fitted women’s scrub tunic ideal for use in private customer-facing roles. Made of lightweight material and featuring side vents, this top keeps you cool throughout your shift.

  • Two hip pockets
  • Up to 60-degree wash, in line with infection control guidelines
  • Suitable for industrial laundry

Smart Scrub Top

A V-neck style classic scrub style in a unisex design. Smart and easy to wear with side vents for comfort on long shifts.

  • One chest pocket
  • Two hip pockets
  • Up to 60-degree wash, in line with infection control guidelines
  • Suitable for industrial laundry
  1. Smart scrub tunic
    Smart scrub tunic
    As low as £19.50 £16.25
  2. Women's scrub tunic
    Women’s lightweight scrub tunic
    As low as £13.20 £11.00

Scrub personalisation

The scrubs sold by Alexandra have a variety of ways you can personalise them:

  • Colours – Every scrub design has a range of colours available which can be used to denote roles or promote your brand using its colours.
  • Personalisation – The scrubs can be easily embroidered or printed with your business’ name, logo or staff names to offer a brand identity, or they can promote a clear safety message such as social distancing.
  • Fitting – Alexandra have a team of expert fitters who can ensure your scrubs reach you in exactly the right size.

How do you buy scrubs?

When looking to buy new scrubs, you should check out Alexandra. They are the #1 supplier of medical uniforms and scrubs UK due to the trust people have in their high-quality products. They are an official supplier of NHS uniforms and have even received a royal warrant to trade. They offer:

  • A 2-year guarantee on all their clothing.
  • Free next-day delivery on orders over £60.
  • A team of fitters to ensure your clothing fits just right.

Check out Alexandra’s scrubs here.

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