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Should I choose a scrub or a tunic?

scrubs and tunics

At Harveys, our medical-grade scrubs and tunics are the items we’re most proud of producing and providing to our medical professionals across the country. We’re often asked which companies should go with either the scrub or the tunic range. Hopefully, with the help of this article, you’ll be clear on which option of garments is right for you and your team. However, if you’re still unsure or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

The scrub or the tunic – which one?

In the world of medical healthcare, the right attire is crucial for both functionality and professionalism, as echoed in our previous blog articles.  Among the most popular choices are Healthcare scrubs and tunics. Each has its own set of advantages, which makes choosing between them difficult. However, your choice can be simplified depending on various factors, such as:

  • Job role
  • Personal preference (fit, style, appearance and sizes)
  • Workplace requirements

We will explore the pros and cons of medical scrubs and tunics to help you make an informed decision. However, we’re always on hand to help guide your decision, based on your needs and desires whilst at work each day. We will only ever offer you impartial, honest advice, based on our extensive knowledge of scrubs and tunics.

Understanding medical scrubs

medical scrubs and uniforms are the traditional uniform for healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and technicians. They consist of a short-sleeved V-neck top and drawstring pants. Scrubs are designed to be simple, functional, and easy to clean, making them ideal for the demanding environment of a healthcare facility.

Benefits of medical scrubs

Many benefits can be found through choosing scrubs within the healthcare profession in particular. Here are some of the main benefits below:

  • Comfort and mobility: Scrubs are designed to provide maximum comfort and freedom of movement. The loose fit allows healthcare workers to perform their duties without restrictions. Scrubs provide a better range of movement and also are more comfortable to wear than their tunic counterparts
  • Hygiene: Scrubs are made from materials that can withstand frequent washing at high temperatures, which is essential for maintaining hygiene in a medical setting. Their simple design also minimizes places for pathogens to hide.
  • Affordability: Scrubs are typically more affordable than other medical attire. This is particularly beneficial for healthcare workers who need to have multiple sets on hand.
  • Professional appearance: Scrubs are universally recognized as the standard uniform in healthcare, projecting a professional and trustworthy image to patients.
  • Variety and customisations: Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, scrubs can be customised to bespoke orders to match the branding of a healthcare facility or to differentiate between departments. Scrubs are more colourful and can be purchased as a suit which is better for signifying different departments within hospitals.

Exploring medical tunics

As an alternative, medical tunics are also a great option for the medical profession. Tunics are often worn by nurses, dental hygienists, and other healthcare professionals. They are typically more fitted than scrubs and may feature additional design elements such as collars, buttons, or pockets. Tunics can be paired with trousers or skirts, offering a different aesthetic and level of formality. At Harveys, we also offer dresses within the range, to ensure a wide, inclusive variety to professionals, depending on their desired fit and overall appearance.

Benefits of medical tunics

Many benefits can be found in choosing tunics within the healthcare profession in particular. Here are some of the main benefits below:

  • Professional look: Tunics tend to have a more structured and polished appearance, which can enhance the professional image of healthcare workers, especially in settings that require more formal attire.
  • Enhanced fit: The tailored design of tunics can provide a better fit, which some healthcare professionals find more comfortable and flattering than the loose fit of scrubs.
  • Versatility: Tunics can be easily paired with different types of bottoms, allowing for more versatility in the wardrobe. This can be especially useful in workplaces with varying dress codes.
  • Pockets and functionality: Many tunics come with multiple pockets, providing ample storage space for medical tools and personal items, which is a practical feature for busy healthcare workers.
  • Effective infection control: Due to the thicker material of the tunic, tunics are slightly more effective overall in controlling and managing the spread of infections.

Making the Choice: Scrubs or Tunics?

When deciding between a scrub uniform or tunics, we recommend you consider the following factors:

  • Role within the profession: Different roles may have specific requirements. For instance, surgeons and emergency staff often prefer scrubs for their practicality, while administrative medical staff might lean towards tunics for a more polished look.
  • Work environment: The formality of your workplace can influence your choice. Hospitals might favour scrubs for their staff, while private practices might prefer the formality of tunics.
  • Personal choice and comfort: Your personal comfort is paramount. Try both options to see which you find more comfortable during long shifts.
  • Budget: Consider the cost and how many sets you’ll need. Scrubs are more affordable and might be a better option if you need multiple sets.
  • The time of year and seasons: This factor impacts the comfort and fit. Scrubs are better for the summer months, as the tunic is a thicker fabric.

The decision between scrubs and healthcare tunics boils down to personal preference, job requirements, and workplace norms. Both options have their own unique advantages, and finding the right balance can enhance both your comfort and professional image in the healthcare setting.

Other factors when choosing the right option for you

Other factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing the correct scrubs for your profession. As well as the cost, the fit and the profession itself, it’s also worthwhile to consider the following factors, as they can influence the decision:

  • Length required – short, or longer scrubs
  • Sleeve types
  • Colours (in terms of darker tones or lighter shades)
  • Embroidered or plain
  • White or coloured
  • Pockets (whether patch or non)
  • Basic tunic style or more stylish

As always, we look forward to helping you choose either the perfect scrubs, tunics, unisex scrubs and scrub sets for your profession. Feel free to contact us today, either through our website, email or by calling one of our team on 0161 624 9535.

We continue to pride ourselves on being a most trusted name within the UK in terms of both our workwear supplies and manufacturing. At Harveys, we will always prioritise offering affordable workwear solutions at the same time as maintaining exceptional quality for every profession.

We look forward to assisting you very soon!

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