Added July 2010

King's College Hospital 1984-1986 A comprehensive Flickr gallery.
                                                              King's Health District (Teaching).


Nurses in uniform presenting a crisp, professional appearance inspire confidence and boost the morale of  patients, visitors, hospital staff and the general public with whom they come into contact.

1.          Dresses     All uniform dresses should be worn at knee length.
2.          Cardigans  Navy cardigans may be worn over indoor uniforms only in the classrooms, dining rooms and corridoors.                                                Cardigans are not to be worn in the wards or departments or in any area in which a patient is being treated.
                                 Navy cardigans may be worn instead of uniform coats in hot weather.

3.          Aprons       Aprons, male nurses' white tunics, and Sisters' sleeve frills must be taken off when leaving the ward or
                                 department for meals, and for off-duty and may not be worn in the dining room.

4.          Jewellery    Wedding rings are the only form of jewellery which may be  worn.

5.          Hair             Hair style must be neat and professional and be above the collar.
                                 If a male nurse wears a beard, it must be short and neatly trimmed.

6.          Nails           Nails must be kept short. Nail varnish may not be worn on duty.


Nursing staff must wear either full outdoor uniform or mufti when travelling and walking between staff residences, or non-residential accommodation, and the hospital in which they are working.

If uniform is worn when nursing staff travel to and from staff residences in hospital transport, they must wear either full outdoor uniform or full indoor uniform, except for aprons in the latter case.

N.B.         Full outdoor uniform includes hat or beret, uniform coat, uniform dress, uniform shoes and stockings. (Colour of shoes
               and stockings are according to grade).
                 In hot weather the uniform coat need not be worn, or can be replaced by the regulation navy cardigan.
                 Nursing staff are asked to change from outdoor uniform in the accommodation provided and not in the wards or

February 1977                                                                                                                                    District Nursing Officer

King's College Hospital in the 1980s.
                                                  by Sarah
Here are some pics of Student Nurses wearing the uniform I wore as a Student at Kings. These are from 1984 & 1987. Personally, it is the best uniform I ever wore, and we had the traditional starched white aprons. You could hear us crackling as we walked down the corridoor when we had fresh aprons on! I showed the pictures to a couple of  Student Nurses on my ward, it was interesting that they both thought it would be better to return to wearing the traditional uniform with hat and apron which goes against the impression you would get from reading Nursing Times etc.

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Here are the Uniform Regulations.
Added March 2007

Two genuine 1970s/1980s Kings' uniforms, complete with aprons, belts and caps, recently on offer on Ebay.
Added July 2010

King's College Hospital 1984-1986 A comprehensive Flickr gallery.