Date lodged: 25 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out of NHS staff uniforms being cleaned by the NHS and not by staff at home.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 February 2018
In line with the NHSScotland National Uniform Policy hospital/facility laundries should be used to launder uniforms where they are available. Information is not held centrally in relation to the number of uniforms routinely laundered by staff at home.
Where hospital laundry facilities are not available, used uniforms should be laundered at home in accordance with the Home Laundering Guidelines, issued alongside the National Uniform Policy. There is no evidence to suggest that home laundering is a less effective method of laundering used uniform.