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Patients get more attention

PUBLISHED: 14:23 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:15 25 August 2010

NURSES are spending more time with hospital patients after making simple changes to their routine.

NURSES are spending more time with hospital patients after making 'simple' changes to their routine.

Medicine rounds at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup (QMS) are now completed twice as fast and nurses say they spend around 45 per cent more time with patients.

Ward manager Paula McCalla said: "I can't believe how making a few simple changes has made such an impact on our nursing time."

Last year QMS's A&E department was asked to give tips to other trusts after it surpassed its target to see 90 per cent of patients within four hours of arrival.

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust failed to meet the same target last year, yet QMS is set to be stripped of its A&E unit under plans to centralise hospital services.

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