From suits to scrubs: Savile Row Tailor puts work on hold to make scrubs for NHS

A bespoke tailor on the prestigious Savile Row has gone above and beyond to help the NHS out during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Suit makers Henry Herbert, whose team of tailors have put on hold their usual traditional suit making, are now creating much needed scrubs for frontline workers.

Based in London’s Bloomsbury, the traditional tailors are creating the royal blue NHS approved scrubs which are being sent out on a daily basis to doctors and nurses who are risking their lives each and every day.

The tailors are making an average of 25 a day as each doctor or nurse needs a set of three.The cotton is medical grade, which is NHS approved.

Due to the current social distancing measures in place, the Henry Herbert team have been furloughed and therefore have a lot of time on their hands and wanted to use it to help the NHS.

“As a small business the life line we’ve been given from the government has been invaluable and we wanted to be able to in turn help the country and show our appreciation to the NHS by donating scrubs to as many people as we can,” said founder Charlie Baker-Collingwood.

The tailors have received a huge amount of requests directly from doctors who have been informed that they are required to source their own scrubs as the hospitals are unable to keep up with the demand.

The news comes after it was reported that nurses in Glasgow have been boosting morale by wearing “funky scrubs” made from colourful bedding.

More than 100 sets of scrubs in jazzy colours and patterns have been made for medics at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The scrubs were made by a group of around 20 volunteers who created them from donated materials at Hyndland Secondary School in Glasgow.