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The best time to go around

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 24 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2935
  1. Ghaleb Eltaji Elfarouki, CT1 doctor in surgery, Southampton University Hospitals Trust
  1. gfarouki{at}

    As a surgical trainee, I am usually given little choice as to when to carry out a ward round. Yet, I often wonder whether there is an ideal time in the day when the encounter between doctor and in-patient would be most effective.

    Recently, after a fairly busy and varied day, I felt the urge to stick around the hospital when only those …

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