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Volume 15/Issue 3, May 2019

Parent-led ward rounds on the neonatal unit

Oliver Rackham

Feedback from parents shows that they want to be involved in all aspects of their baby’s care, with the support of healthcare staff. Where ward rounds are concerned, this is usually taken to mean parental presence, or perhaps ‘taking part’ in ward rounds by being able to ask questions at the end. However, parents are ideally placed to lead the ward round – not just observe. They are the constant throughout their baby’s stay, and have only their own baby (or babies) to focus on.

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