WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Muslim medical resident, Farah Roslan, designed a cheap, disposable, and functional hijab for hospital use.
- The headscarves were made available earlier this month to the staff of a hospital in Derby, England.
- Roslan first came up with the idea when she was a medical student in training, pulled from the theater because she’d posed a risk to infection control with her headscarf.
A medical resident has been able to address a silent issue in the medical practice by looking into a way to provide hospital employees with sterile hijabs.
Farah Roslan tells BBC Radio that she came up with the idea while in training. Using the same headscarf throughout the whole day was obviously not “clean and ideal” and was “respectfully pulled out from the theater, respectfully due to infection control.”
Roslan, as a Muslim, was not comfortable with the idea of taking off the headscarf. She had been a medical student with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust during that time. So she could pursue her medical passion while keeping her faith, she tested different fabrics to try and design a prototype for a headscarf.
It had to be a functional hijab as well as a hospital-grade scrub that was inexpensive and disposable. Roslan was successful and happy that her vision became a reality. The headscarves became available to all the hospital’s staff earlier this month.
The hospital in Derby, England is now the first in the UK to have sterile hijabs available for their employees.
In a press release, the hospital writes, “We are proud to be national leaders of good practice and inclusivity.” Roslan now hopes that the doctor-approved headwear will be available in more hospitals across the country.
Dr. Gill Tierney, Roslan’s mentor when she was a medical student, said, “It hasn’t cost much and hopefully the effect will be enormous.”
Source: New York Post