About time, I thought.it is impossible to retain your dignity in them!
Then I read they had asked American designer Ben de Lisi to come up with something. Well, I thought, he dresses film stars like Kate Winslet...
...so I hoped he would come up with something elegant
But this looks rather like a parcel coming unwrapped to me! Admittedly it does cover one's nether regions - but it is hardly red carpet chic, is it?
Ben De Lisi said "I wanted the new gowns to feel fabulous and aspirational. They are made from beautiful cotton shirting which is very smooth, cool and lux." He said his design "means patients can have their modesty covered but still allow medics immediate access through clever "entrance points" in the gown. It's infinitely dignified, yet practical. And Velcro doesn't enter into the equation." De Lisi's NHS collection, in his signature printed fabric, also includes pyjama bottoms, nightwear and slippers.
[Don't ask me, I thought 'lux' was the SI unit of illumination equal to one lumen per square metre!]
The other week I asked my friend Dave if he had gained anything from his recent spell in hospital - his swift reply was "A new pair of pyjamas!"