When you are in hospital, you will often notice nurses and other staff at your bedside discussing your care. This is known as clinical handover.
Clinical handover allows the nurses to discuss your care to ensure it continues as planned. These discussions can include doctors and other health professionals.
During clinical handover, you will be introduced to the nurse coming on duty for the next shift. Information which may be shared includes:
You have a right to be involved in your clinical handover. Research indicates that patients who are involved in their own care are more likely to have better health outcomes.
If you prefer, ask a friend or family member to advocate on your behalf to ensure you have the necessary information to make informed decisions and choices about your care.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your nurse.