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Royal United Hospital Bath

RUH launches 'accelerated' introduction of ward rounds

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All wards at Royal United Hospital Bath will have commenced comfort rounds by the end of April 2012 in light of the prime minister’s recent announcement that nurses should conduct hourly rounds.

A report to February’s board said the trust’s asssistant director of nursing and patient safety and the general ward workstream lead had initiated an “accelerated” roll out programme for all wards to have commenced comfort rounds by the end of April 2012.

David Carmeron highlighted hourly ward rounds in a speech on nursing in January, when also called for further roll out of the NHS Institute’s Productive Ward and announced the setting up of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum.

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  • tinkerbell

    will there still be nurses in 2012?

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  • tinkerbell

    i mean, obviously, april 2012.

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  • erm....didnt know these had stopped happening............

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  • I work there and they have always happened on my ward. Does Mr Cameron actually know what happens in a hospital?

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  • Little One

    I still fail to see how these comfort checks are appropriate for every patient on every ward and yet it is supposed to be applied to each and every single patient on each and every ward.

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  • I really don't think it's possible on every ward without more nurses. Drug rounds take up a fair amount of a nurse's time, I just hope the new comfort rounds don't lead to greater drug errors as nurses try to rush through and get on with other tasks. Besides, I thought care was meant to be hollistic? I doubt this model suits every ward.

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  • oh so its not holistic patient centered care its ritualistic target led care that requires the skill of statistical manipulation and style over substance that is needed. Still we should come out of this with the skills to be politicians.

    Great David - but can you and the rest of the MP's do hourly rounds of your constituencies - to ensure that we never again have the kind of neglect of your constituents that we are seeing. But then if you did this you would know that we don't want your reforms and we could drop the knee jerk blanket fixes you decree and then you could stop your rounds so none of it would matter anymore.

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  • Hourly comfort rounds sounds the ideal solution to those nurses that are sat around with their feet up doing nothing else! An hour flies by when you are continually rushed off your feet meeting yourself going backwards. If I fail to meet my patients on an hourly basis it is because I am busy admitting /discharging patients, giving out drugs, mixing up IV's, speaking to relatives etc etc etc. With all this and with the help of HCA's I still manage to ensure my patients are comfortable. When my husband meets me after the shift he does not whisper sweet nothings but usually says 'you look like S___ ' and I reply 'this job is killing me' and day after day week after week I go back for more. Bring on retirement. What I am trying to say is that I do not look forward to another form to tick box when I am doing it anyway.

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    Anonymous | 15-Mar-2012 9:38 pm

    same here. Well said. It's very hard to get a compliment when i get home too. Mostly i am asked when i get home from a late 'what happened to you?'. A look in the mirror shows i look like i have been dragged through a hedge backwards. I wake up to go back on an early and look in the mirror and try and make myself look half human and now think 'it can't be done anymore'.

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  • I sincerely hope that we are not going to be disciplined if we do not get the chance to check all our patients hourly. I imagine what will end up happening is that hourly checks will be made on the poorly/fully dependent patients only, which is usually done anyway. The other patients will have their paperwork completed at the end of a shift which will just make a mockery of the whole idea.

    Personally I can spend an hour with just one patient so goodness knows how I am supposed to go round checking all the other 14 that I look after even with the help I get from my colleagues.

    Are hospitals going to waste even more money by employing someone to come round each ward to check that we are ticking our boxes correctly, audit it and publish the audit and do nothing about it other than say we are failing to meet a target, or is it going to be just one more pointless task of the ward manager, when on duty, who will soon lose interest.

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