New patient care checks are being trialled at hospitals run by the Trust that serves Isle patents, and that is currently in ‘spacial measures’.
Hourly checks on patients are being trialled by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on ward 28 at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Nurses will check nine key care priorities that include whether patients can reach a call bell and food or drink, if bed rails are needed, whether pain relief is adequate and whether help is needed to use the toilet.
The checks are carried out every hour, including during the night, although this can be reduced at the patient’s request.
The pilot has begun at Scunthorpe and will start shortly on wards at Grimsby, for a month. If seen to be successful hourly care rounds will be rolled out to all wards at the Trust.
Each hourly check will be documented on clipboard forms at the end of patients’ beds so family and staff can see that it has been completed.
Melanie Sharp, quality matron, said: “We already carry out focused and frequent checks on patients who are assessed as being at a high risk of falls or pressure ulcers. This trial is about extending focused time to all our patients making sure they are okay, they are comfortable and have everything they need in their reach. It also gives them the chance to chat to staff, ask them any questions they may have or raise any concerns.”
On ward 28 staff leave a card for sleeping patients, telling them they had a visit and asking them to ring if they need anything.