A hospital trust believes it is the first in the UK to introduce disposable sterile headscarves for staff to use in operating theatres.
Junior doctor Farah Roslan, who is Muslim, had the idea during her training at the Royal Derby Hospital.
She said it came following infection concerns related to her hijab that she had been wearing throughout the day.
It is hoped the items can be introduced nationally but NHS England said it would be up to individual trusts.
Ms Roslan, who works in Lincolnshire, said the idea came to her while she was a medical student with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust.
“I’d been using [the same headscarf] all day which obviously wasn’t clean and ideal,” she told