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Lisa Miele is helping More Scrubs to make uniforms for local doctors, nurses and other NHS staff

By Garry McCartney

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Lisa using her skills to help the NHS during the coronavirus lockdown.
Lisa using her skills to help the NHS during the coronavirus lockdown.

A LOCAL seamstress has joined a network of sewers to make much needed scrubs for NHS Grampian.

Lisa Miele of Sylvan Designs - which specialises in creating made-to-measure curtains and blinds - is putting her skills to use for the greater good, making uniforms for local doctors, nurses and other NHS staff.

She said: "My business has pretty much stopped due to the situation with coronavirus. I was speaking to a local doctor who said they were starting to run short of scrubs. My understanding is that all doctors, even GPs in the local surgery are now all wearing scrubs, but they were struggling to get enough, so I decided to help."

Lisa has joined a group called More Scrubs, set up to crowdfund ready-made scrubs and act as a hub for people who can sew so they can react to demand and distribute creations appropriately.

The Facebook page for the group explains that doctors and other frontline health workers are having to change scrubs between every single patient, hence the shortage

Lisa said: "I wanted to do my bit. As well as providing something useful it is also keeping me busy. My fabric, which was paid for by donations from friends and family, has just arrived. It should enable me to make around 12 outfits."

As well as through More Scrubs, Lisa is taking orders direct from local doctors and nurses.

She said: "I have already made a couple featuring Olaf from the film 'Frozen' from kids’ duvet covers and they've been snapped up by a paediatric nurse!

"If people want to get involved or donate, the best way is to go directly to the More Scrubs Facebook page.

"This situation is not changing anytime soon, so it’s important that we keep sewing to make sure that we can look after the NHS workers, as they are doing some much to look after those in need."

Lisa is a member of Moray Business Women’s Club and has had support from a fellow member.

She said: "In order to make these scrubs quickly, I put a call out for an over locker: a sewing machine that stitches the edges of fabric and trims so that it doesn't fray.

"Jane Williams of The Sewing Shop at Number 29, Fochabers is lending me one. It’s important that businesses are collaborating and supporting each other, to help other organisations."

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