Nurses will visit patients at hourly intervals on top of their other duties at Bupa’s Cromwell Hospital under a new system modelled on practice in the US.
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“Hourly Rounding” will mean nurses visiting patients every hour between 8am to 10pm, and every two hours at night between 12am and 6am.
Studies show the system improves patient satisfaction and safety, and a higher than average nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:4 will help the hospital become the first private centre in the UK to deliver it.
US patients said they were reassured by regular updates on their care and condition and the checks cut call-bell requests by an average of 37%, leading nurses to report more controlled, productive and less stressful shifts.
Cromwell Hospital spokeswoman Philippa Fieldhouse said: “We’re always looking at how we can further improve our patients’ experience. Ensuring that our nurses are proactively supporting their patients in addition to their reactive duties is a simple but effective way of reassuring our patients that their needs are central to everything we do.”