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Twice daily consultant ward rounds and other stories . . .

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 07 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2312

By divine foreknowledge, Minerva predicts that the incoming UK government will announce that the NHS’s financial position is worse than feared. Tough decisions will have to be made. What if one of those decisions was to encourage consultants to do twice daily ward rounds? This could save £160 000 per medical ward per year if the results of a pilot in Liverpool were replicated elsewhere. Having an experienced doctor doing rounds morning and evening halved the per patient costs of treatments and investigations despite a 70% rise in throughput (BMJ Open 2015;5:e007367, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007367).

Older people are bombarded with advice to keep active. A cross sectional survey of 3499 Irish people aged 65 and over shows that nearly 70% of respondents manage at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity five days a week (Age and Ageing 2015, doi:10.1093/ageing/afv042). It also shows that the variables most strongly related to activity were not …

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