Countryside Heroes: Emma Willis Makes Swiss Cotton Scrubs for the NHS
Updated: Apr 16
Samantha, whose mother is an NHS vascular scientist is the bespoke cutter at Emma Willis and alerted the team there of the desperate need for protective scrubs for hospital staff due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
So, Emma Willis, the bespoke Jermyn Street shirtmaker, turned her hand to making Swiss cotton scrubs for the NHS and in 2 days Kath at Emma Willis trained their reduced extremely talented young team to make scrubs. They made over a hundred in the first week and each week that goes on production gets that bit quicker. Lyn Gallagher who is over 70, has worked for the NHS for seven years, and normally works 3 days a week has asked for a machine at home and to work 5 days so she can make as many as possible.
Each afternoon Emma collects the beautifully made scrubs and meets Dawn in the linen department at Gloucester Royal Hospital where she allocates them to the Critical Care wards at either Gloucester or Cheltenham NHS hospitals who are in great need and they then advise Emma of their requirement for the next few days. Emma says ‘ I could never ever have imagined that one day we would be making luxury Swiss cotton NHS scrubs but it is the greatest pleasure for us all and we have had direct feed back from the Critical Care Units that they are much more comfortable and cooler than the poly/cotton scrubs under all the layers of PPE’.
The fine cotton protective scrubs are ideal for wearing for the 12 hour shifts underneath the full protective overalls and each medic is given three pairs for the three days they work with time to launder at home for their next shifts and they will keep them after the virus is over.
Orders for Emma’s wonderful shirts still go on with the much reduced non furloughed shirt making team with all the usual care and appreciation. If you’d like to help by making a contribution to the costs of the fabric for the scrubs. £30 will cover one pair. All names of donors will be put into a hat when we are back to normal and the winner will receive 2 complementary bespoke shirts of their choice.
I’m sure everyone at the NHS thanks you hugely Emma and your team.