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.