Manchester news Man City shirts transformed into hospital gowns for sick kids in special project Manchester united news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The custom-made gowns are now being used at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital so kids can feel like their on-field heroes as they battle some of the toughest moments of their lives
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Manchester City football shirts have been transformed into medical-grade hospital gowns for sick kids as part of a special project. The custom made innovative footy-themed gowns are now being used at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to help decrease anxiety for youngsters undergoing surgery and allow them to feel like their on-field heroes as they battle some of the toughest moments of their lives. They were developed by students, academics and technical staff from the Manchester Fashion Institute and the Departments of Nursing and Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. They worked alongside hospital staff and the families of some of the hospital’s young patients to research and create prototype gowns. They were then sent to the Prison Service's Prison Industries Team to be manufactured. Susan Sharrock (left) with Yvette Collins (right) at the hospital with the gowns (Image: Manchester City FC) A year in the making, the gowns have now been donated and delivered to the hospital who are starting to offer them to kids to use. The first child to try on one of the gowns was five-year-old Thomas Brennan, from Burnley in Lancashire. He has a cleft lip and palate, a missing thumb, one kidney and is also profoundly deaf. He has also been diagnosed with VACTERL association – a disorder affecting many body systems, so he spends a lot of time in Children's hospitals undergoing procedures. And his mum Lisa Brown, 30, said getting to put on a traditional gown had proved a big problem. "He's had multiple operations at RMCH so he's well known to the staff and they suggested this would be a good idea for him. "As he never wanted to put a gown on. He knew what was coming so it just gave him really bad anxiety. The team from the Manchester Fashion Institute working on the prototypes (Image: Manchester City FC) "They were also really impractical as you couldn't reach everything like cannulas and the like without undoing it all and basically flashing him." Lisa was part of a focus group who helped advise on the design and says she was chuffed with the result. She said despite the family being Burnley fans, Thomas was more than happy to don the City-themed gown. "Thomas put it straight on no problem and was able to walk down on his own. And with the poppers in the new design, it made it much easier as well. "I think it's great. It's just a lot more child friendly and exciting. "It's a topic of conversation, the football, for the kids and the staff. It has modifications such as velcro to allow it to be easily taken on and off (Image: Manchester City FC) "I think they should roll it out more widely. Obviously, you're likely to get kids who say they are United fans or whatever and won't want to wear a City one so it would be good to eventually have a range so there's a choice for kids. "But fair play to City for doing it and kicking it off, I think it's an amazing idea.
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. “Hospital gowns are never the most comfortable or fashionable. These City gowns will give patients one less thing to worry about during times of stress when they may be feeling very daunted" he said. Student Simone James, 19, originally from London but now living in Rusholme, was one of the eight-strong team who worked on the project. "At first we were like, 'we're doing what sorry?' How are we even going to go about that" she said: "We were shown a video of a guy in Spain attempting it and that was our starting point.
Thomas' mum said he was more than happy to don the City-themed gown having previously felt anxious about wearing hospital issued ones
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"It was very tricky. They had to be medical grade and industry standard. "And the NHS and the medical staff have a lot of modifications and adjustments they wanted. "But we also had to make sure they suited the end-user as well, the child, and that the logos were visible and things like that. "There were lots of things to consider. For example, gowns have to be washed at high temperatures, around 70 degrees, so we had to make sure the football shirts were up to that and weren't going to warp etc. "So it wasn't an easy feat. But we all worked together to come up with the end product. "And I think it looks amazing. "It still really looks like a football shirt which is what we all wanted so it's really pleasing.
It now hoped it could be rolled out more widely
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"Being a uni student your normally doing projects which are fictional and don't go anywhere other than a storeroom, so to be able to work on a real-life project for real people, it makes you feel like you're making a difference." The pilot project is forming part of a feasibility study which will hopefully see the idea rolled out more widely in the future. Cath Doherty, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at RMCH said: “Surgery can be a tough time for a young patient so anything that can help put their mind at ease is welcomed. “We care for lots of young children and teenagers who are Manchester City fans so we’re sure they’ll enjoy wearing the shirts. "We can’t wait to see their faces when we show them what they can wear for theatre.” Danny Wilson, Managing Director at City said: “Manchester City are delighted to be part of this collaborative new pilot project which will provide children at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital the option to wear their City blue colours whilst in hospital. “If we can make even a small difference to their experience through the donation of these gowns, we’ll be extremely proud and I’d like to thank the hospital, Manchester Fashion Institute at MMU and HMPPS, as well as our partner PUMA, for their cooperation, effort and work over the last year to turn this idea into a reality.” Jason Swettenham, Head of Prison Industries, Catering, Retail and PE in HM Prison and Probation Service said the service had also worked with the fashion institute to make scrubs for health workers during the Covid pandemic. He said: "Engagement in initiatives such as this, for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, allows offenders an opportunity to offer reparation and support the most vulnerable in the community.”
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