If you are new to scrubs it may seem like a minefield out there. Post-Covid a lot of you in the Medical, Care and Beauty industries who didn’t wear Scrubs before are now having to wear extra PPE to keep yourselves and your clients safe.
Whether you are new to buying Scrubs or you just need a refresh on what is available for yourself and your team, you may need some guidance on what is best for you, and what is available on the market.
Here at Scrubs Uk, we are always happy to help you decide which uniform is best for you. Taking you through all of your options, be that Style, Brand or material, we are here to help you make the best and most informed decision on your new Scrubs or medical uniforms.
The main things you may want to take in to consideration when buying your Scrubs are;
What are scrubs?
Scrubs are clothing designed to be worn in the Medical industry and more specifically by those providing patient care, they are easy to wear and easy to wash garments which are designed to create a barrier between the person wearing the Scrubs and any hazardous substances/chemicals which they may come in to contact with. This greatly reduces risk of contamination and risk of infections.
This type of clothing became known as Scrubs as they are used in a sterile (scrubbed) environment
Scrubs have been worn by Surgeons in America for many years but have only recently become popular in the UK in the past 10-20 years, replacing the classic tunic style we may be used to seeing in hospitals and on our TV screens. Since the Covid 19 pandemic we are seeing more and more Healthcare professionals wearing Scrubs for daily use.
Scrubs are a great tool in large hospital settings to separate staff from patient or to identify team members, Scrub top and Scrub bottoms come in many brands, colours and sizes which can be mixed and match for your perfect set, or to differentiate between job roles and departments.
Who wears scrubs?
The NHS have been using Scrubs for the longest time but are now being joined by an array of professions, Healthcare and more;
Nurses – Scrubs are great for Nurses as they provide comfort and ease of movement on their long demanding shifts
Doctors– Great for Surgeons especially as the Scrubs can be washed at high temperatures to further prevent any risk of infection or spread of contaminants
Vets– Lots of our Scrubs have fabric technologies such as soil release and anti-static which makes it super easy to wipe off hair, fluff and dust and guarantees you won’t end your day covered in animal hair (although we suspect that does kind of come with the territory)
Dentists – Dentists love our Scrubs! Especially the antimicrobial and fluid barrier properties which repel unwanted fluids which may come flying their way!
Care workers– Traditionally seen in Tunics, Care workers are now making the move to Scrubs after seeing a greater focus on infection control (Post Covid)
Midwives – I think it goes without saying that a Midwife will want some serious barrier protection between themselves and their patient and Scrubs are perfect for this
Beauticians– A new player on the block, since Covid-19 the Beauty and hair industries have begun to take extra precautions to protect themselves and their customers by investing in Scrubs for their teams
Alternative therapists – Think Sports therapists, Physios, Reiki masters and Acupuncturist, there are dozens of alternative therapists out there who now encourage wearing Scrubs for protection and comfort
Students – We supply scrubs to Nursing students all over the country who wear their very first set of Scrubs Uk Premium with pride!
What to take in to consideration when buying your first or next set of scrubs;
Fit – Scrubs are designed to be comfortable and free flowing to make your life and job easier
When choosing your Scrub set you want to look at the pictures and the product descriptions to ensure you are choosing the right fit for you, maybe you want a nice big free flowing top so you will go for a size up in a Unisex top. Want something more fitted? Then you may choose a ladies top with rib knit panels which are more fitted to the body to accentuate shape and look more fashionable and flattering
Whilst most of our Scrub trousers are straight leg, we also have jogger style trousers which are designed to be extra comfortable and wrinkle free for easy care
We have men’s, Ladies and Unisex Scrubs available. And remember that all of our Men’s styles can be used as Unisex - Make sure you use our size guides and you should get the perfect fit every time.
Your usual Scrub set will consist of a V neck scrub top with short dolman sleeves and Straight leg scrub trousers with either an elasticated or drawstring waist, however this can vary when looking at the more premium Scrub styles. Here’s a few examples of different styles of Scrub Tops and Bottoms;
Mock Wrap Top
Drawstring waist Trousers
Elasticated waist Trousers
Materials will vary throughout brands and ranges with some of our brands now using recycled materials made from plastic bottles; Barco One and Skechers Scrubs are saving billions of bottles from landfill every year with their recycled materials. Most of our Scrubs will be made with a mixture of Polyester and Cotton with spandex added for stretch.
A very important factor in Scrub materials are the fabric technologies used, all aimed at keeping your scrubs clean, stain resistant and extra comfortable, for instance;
2 or 4 way stretch fabric – Stretch fabric achieved with small amounts of spandex in the fabric, the slight stretch gives your Scrubs the perfect amount of stretch for the perfect fit and added comfort
Anti-microbial – Providing long lasting freshness and protection against bacteria. Antimicrobial fabric technologies inhibit the growth of bacteria, algae and yeast, minimise odours and stains and therefore prolong the useful life of your Scrub set
Fluid barrier – The fluid barrier technologies are designed to resists spills for long lasting protection and make your clothing more breathable and durable, this feature is especially fantastic for Dentists and Vets due to the nature of their work
Anti-static – The anti-static technologies in our Scrubs is particularly useful for Vets as it allows fluff, dust and hair to release quickly from the surface of the fabric
Soil release – Soil release is achieved with a chemical finish that helps to easily remove dirt from the garment, while soil release will not prevent dirt from touching your scrubs, it will make it super easy to wipe and wash away with no special laundering needed.
Practicality (pockets, panels, technologies)
Whilst looking and feeling good in your Scrubs is great, the practicality of them is the most important factor, and Scrubs sure are practical!
You’ve already read about their many uses throughout an array of professions, Medical and not, you’ve read about their unique materials and fabric technologies which will keep you clean and safe at work, and you’ve read about the great range of fits, styles and sizes for all body types, but let’s delve a little deeper here in to the small details which make Scrubs the perfect choice for Healthcare professionals and more.
All of our Scrubs come with pockets, I doubt you have ever done a shift where you haven’t been over encumbered with utensils, don’t worry, Scrubs UK have your back, with chest pockets, pen slots and Patch pockets and media loops on our Scrub tops. Our Scrub trousers are bursting at the seams with pockets and storage options – Back pockets, front pockets, Cargo pockets, hidden zipper pockets, media loops and more. Check out the descriptions on our product pages to see exactly what pocket and storage options each Scrub Top and Bottoms have.
Many of our Scrubs have side vents and panels which create extra space and movement in your Scrub sets, this extra ease of movement is so valuable on long hectic shifts, the comfortableness of our Scrubs is one of their most important features!
We sell a wide range of Scrub brands here at Scrubs UK, maybe you already have a favourite Scrub brand or maybe you’ll see a trusted brand name here which you recognise.
Scrubs UK Premium - Our best selling scrub set by far probably due the superior softness and comfort coupled with the durable fabric. The set consists of both scrub top and tunic and is available in sizes XS to 5XL and comes in 12 amazing colours.
Scrubs Uk Basic – Our Scrubs UK basic range of scrub suits are comfortable and durable, manufactured in easy care polyester/cotton and available in 7 colours. The hospital scrub suits are fully reversible and suitable for commercial or industrial laundering. Whether you are a clinical healthcare professional, dentist or a vet, no quantity is too big or too small.
Skechers– Famous for footwear, but they do plenty more! Skechers Scrubs have already taken the US by storm and are now coming for the UK with sportswear inspired fabrics and fashionable yet comfortable designs.
Barco One– Premium Scrubs for the modern healthcare professional, using the latest technologies and ultra-soft and comfortable fabrics
Cherokee– The number one player in the Scrubs industry, we have been stocking Cherokee for many years and have hundreds of customers who are converted for life
Dickies– A trusted workwear brand, you may think of workwear trousers when you think of Dickies, but we can assure you their Scrubs brand are just as robust and durable as the workwear they are known for
Orange Standard – Orange Standard Scrubs offer fashion, fit and comfort at a price you'll love. Orange Standard Scrubs are the new standard in affordable medical uniforms, dental tunics and nurses uniforms. We know that our customers like a wide range of styles and sizes at a price they can afford.
Koi – When it comes to scrubs, Koi don't believe in sacrificing comfort for style when you can have both. Koi is passionate about the clothing they make as they understand the requirements of those who wear them. Koi helped changed the misconception that scrubs have to be unflattering and generic, as you can see in our great range.
Behrens – aim to provide high quality garments at competitive price that are ideal for personalisation or embellishment through print or embroidery. Behrens are very conscious of ensuring that their fabrics are produced to the highest ethical standards in terms of working conditions, labour policies and environmental practises.