Minister to visit hospital
07 February 2012
Minister for Public Health, Anne Milton MP will be visiting Southend University Hospital on Thursday, February 9 to see first hand the newly introduced ‘Care Rounds’ scheme.
Hourly care rounds have been brought in to ensure patients feel
comfortable, well informed, cherished and supported throughout
their stay. A nurse or health care assistant visits every patient
in their area of responsibility every hour of the day to ask a
range of questions designed to meet the patient's every need.
Sue Hardy, Southend's director of nursing, said: "We are
delighted that Anne Milton will be visiting our wards to see how
effective care rounds have been.
"Since the care rounds have been introduced we have seen a
dramatic reduction in the number of times patients need to use
their buzzer and nurses are feeling that they know their patients
"In addition, there has been a reduction in the number of
patients developing pressure ulcers, because we can give timely
pain relief and foster a closer relationship with our patients.
More face-to-face contact means better communication and keeps
patients informed about their condition."
Anne Milton MP commented: "I am looking forward to
visitingSouthendUniversityHospitaland seeing the ways nurses are
working to improve patient care."