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Morecambe Bay hospital patients to be given hourly visits
PATIENTS at Morecambe Bay hospital sites are to be visited once an hour as part of changes to care.
‘Intentional rounding’, suggested by Prime Minister David Cameron, will see nurses or clinical support workers take responsibility for visiting every single patient on an hourly basis.
“It sounds an onerous task but this is actually the job that we are doing,” said Joann Morse, deputy chief nurse for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. “This is how nurses have always done their job, it’s just being a little more systematic.”
While at a patient’s bedside staff are expected to ascertain whether the patient is comfortable and safe and has everything they need.
“Very often, people come into hospital for a major operation and the surgery only makes up a minute part of their stay,” said Ms Morse.
“It’s the respect, the care and the dignity that takes up a huge part of their mind.”
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