Queen's couturier is designing medical scrubs for frontline NHS workers battling coronavirus

Lauren Clark
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Stewart Parvin dressed Her Majesty in blue for last month's Commonwealth service (Getty Imges)
Stewart Parvin dressed Her Majesty in blue for last month's Commonwealth service (Getty Imges)

This week it was come to light that NHS doctors treating patients for coronavirus are running out of personal protective equipment (PPE).

It has now been revealed that the Queen’s couturier has joined efforts to help properly clothe frontline health workers.

Stewart Parvin - who designed the outfit Her Majesty wore to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding, and also dressed her in blue for last month’s Commonwealth service - is now producing medical scrubs.

The designer, who also created Zara Tindall’s silk bridal gown for her 2011 nuptials, has been using donated material to make supplies for Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, where Sophie, Countess of Wessex, gave birth to daughter Lady Louise Windsor.

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In a post on Twitter, the couturier, 53, shared a picture of a set of blue scrubs - including a short-sleeved top and loose trousers.

He wrote: “Our first set of scrubs are ready to be dropped off for @frimleyhealth.

“If you would like to get involved as a home sewer, or as a business with work space, there are several groups set up that are co-ordinating the effort. @scrubsgloriousscrubs and @scrubsfortheloveof.”

The designer - who has been creating outfits for the monarch since 2007 - added: “As ever, our most grateful thanks to all those risking their own health and working tirelessly to look after and protect us all. #clapforcarers #donationsneeded.”

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Parvin, who shared that the material had been donated by west London shop Classic Textiles, also revealed: “Very happy to offer what little help we can to our fabulous NHS.”

The Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which oversees Frimley Park, Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals, told The Sunday Times that “to have the extra stock is terrific”.

The Fashion Workshop, an alterations business in Ascot, has also been creating scrubs to Frimley Park - this time unique patterned versions.

Dr Henry Bourke, an orthopaedic consultant and knee surgeon, and colleague Dr Matt Gardiner, a consultant hand and plastic surgeon, posed for a picture of them wearing the colourful designs on Twitter.

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It comes as British fashion house Burberry has temporarily pivoted production to manufacture COVID-19 PPE, including mask and gowns.

The luxury label revealed in a series of Instagram posts that it is halting regular business at its Yorkshire factory, where the brand’s iconic trench coat is made.

Instead, they will produce 100,000 surgical masks for NHS staff as well as non-surgical masks and gowns for patients.

Responding to the move, Dr Najia Shaikh - an NHS GP and founder of One Skin Clinic on Harley Street - explained to Yahoo UK that brands donating equipment will need to adhere to certain guidelines.

“In Europe, all protective masks must comply with European Standards, for which under normal circumstances the NHS usually has set suppliers,” she explained.

“All PPE used within the UK must also be CE marked which means that its approved by the European Economic Area for Safety, Health & Environmental Protection Standards.

“There will of course be high standards that Burberry must adhere to, however as the level of protection provided by normal surgical masks is quite low, it shouldn't be difficult for them to match the standard."