Fashion – Enter’s Reusable Isolation Gown Discussed in The House of Lords
As reported on the 2nd March 2021, Fashion-Enter Ltd, (FEL) has been working with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since March 2020 on a new sustainable recycled isolation gown. The unique DWR polyester treated gown product has been created to provide a sustainable alternative to the disposable one-use gown and allows for the NHS Key Worker to wear and wash the garment up to 70 times.
Using a fully tested and innovative fabric FEL has designed an easy to use gown that provides an RFID tracking system so there is reassurance that the gown performs time and time again saving money for the NHS as well as providing the local economy with longevity of jobs at the manufacturing plant at FEL.
Today, 11th March 2021, Lord Young of Norwood Green (Labour) addressed Lord Bethell, The Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Social Care (Conservative) at The House of Lords. Lord Young stating that he was on the Advisory Board of a clothing company (FEL) in Haringey in an unremunerated capacity.
He asked: ‘Can the minister explain why a high quality SME capable of making reusable PPE gowns which are RFID tagged, washable up to 70 times, proven to be cost effective, better for the environment and supports local employment, is not being awarded with a contract?’
Lord Bethell responded, that while it’s frustrating not to have reusable PPE with a fully sterile gown it is difficult to have reusable protocols in place due to the amount of fluids involved. He did, however, say that he would be open to the Noble Lord / company writing to him with the details and would pass this on to the right people. Hopefully an opening for the reusable isolation gown to be considered for other branches of the NHS?
A big thank-you to Lord Young of Norwood Green for bringing this matter to the House of Lords today.