Love in the time of Coronavirus | Turnbull & Asser dedicate workrooms to production of NHS Scrubs
Over the past few weeks, it has become abundantly clear that the future of human prosperity sits firmly with our frontline workers.
Our National Health Service – as well as those of all nations – have shown unparalleled dedication to caring for its citizens. With many NHS staff working tirelessly and around the clock, often accepting great risk to their personal safety and wellbeing, this also sees them sacrifice time spent with loved ones due to absence, as well as the risk of exposure.
With the strain placed on these incredible individuals and this national institution, more staff are being called up, and with supply chains compromised, demand for appropriate medical attire far outstrips supply. As a British brand that has endured some of history’s most testing times, Turnbull & Asser understand the importance of serving a nation, and are determined to make a positive contribution to the cause. In support of those on the frontline, the Royal Warrant holding shirtmakers are now in the process of producing thousands of much-needed garments for the NHS, proudly made in England.
In support of the global effort to ‘flatten the curve’, like many others, Turnbull took the difficult decision to close their stores and workrooms. Now, a dedicated team of Turnbull machinists and management have stepped up to serve those who serve our country; creating Scrubs for those on the frontline. Equipped with personal protective equipment, Turnbull’s team of skilled workers return to their Gloucester workrooms, reconfigured to accommodate responsible social distancing, and to sit at new machines – brought in especially for the production of NHS Scrubs.
As a heritage brand focused on creating luxury shirting, Turnbull have had to adapt their workrooms and hire new machinery in order to cater for the production of the more utilitarian, medical-grade scrubs. In addition, their network of mills and suppliers have proved essential in the procurement of NHS approved materials, which are integral to the garments function and the health & safety requirements of medical professionals.
We believe compassion is key to overcoming this historic hurdle, and we hope all employees of the National Health Service are able to feel truly appreciated for all their hard work. In turning our hand to the production of scrubs, we hope to do our bit in expressing that gratitude. – Jonathan Baker, Turnbull & Asser Managing Director
Throughout the brand’s 135 year history, Turnbull has successfully endured many times of hardship, and has never been shy to acknowledge the contribution British manufacturing has to make during such episodes. During World War I, Turnbull & Asser developed innovative garments for British Troops on the frontline, and later, amidst the Second World War, it was Turnbull Sir Winston Churchill turned to for his own wartime wardrobe.
It was precisely this dedication to operating with the highest levels of integrity, quality and respect for others, that saw HRH The Prince of Wales bestow his very first Royal Warrant to Turnbull & Asser.
Turnbull & Asser have already begun work on an initial batch of 4,000 scrubs, and are working on several other initiatives in support of the NHS, key workers, and those who are most vulnerable during this difficult time.