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Change from an office-based to a walk-around handover system

The unit is a 12-bed rehabilitation ward with two respite beds, located within a 142-bed community hospital for older people in West Limerick, Republic of Ireland. Patients are admitted for a variety of conditions requiring rehabilitation to facilitate an effective discharge. During this time some are found to be unsafe for discharge home and so other arrangements are made, for example discharge to a carer’s home or nursing home.

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