Ward Round

A good ward round is a continuation of a good board round

Having decided on your strategy in the Board Round get your sick patients seen and stable.

Then see those due for discharge - do not wait until five o’clock to see someone who should have left hospital in the morning. Then see the rest.

Never do a ward round on your own. Doctors make sure you have a nurse with you, nurses do not let a doctor see a patient on their own.

Most patients should have an EDD. Check their condition has not changed in a way that might affect this. Also check the information you have about their discharge is correct, particularly in terms of the back-up they might need on leaving hospital.

The increasing flow of patients through the wards makes good communication more important than ever. Shift changes should not prevent a patient receiving a coherent package of care.


Make sure Patient Leaflets are given to both patients and carers so they can take in information in their own time.

Jargon Buster

  • ACU
    Acute Care Unit
  • AEC
    Ambulatory Emergency CARE
  • CCG
    Clinical Commissioning Group
  • ED
    Emergency Department

  • EDD
    Estimated Date of Discharge
  • IDT
    Integrated Discharge Team
  • Pulmonary Embolism
    Pulmonary embolism: A sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage is usually caused by a blood clot that travels to the lung from a vein in the leg.

  • SORT
    Sick patients, Out today or tomorrow, Rest of patients, To come in.
  • SPCA
    Single Point Clinical Access
  • TTO (Pharmacy medication)
    To Take Out