Clinical handover

Buderim Private Hospital supports consumers to be active partners in the design, delivery and evaluation of health care. To do this, consumers are:

  • Supported to understand and exercise their healthcare rights.
  • Provided with evidence-based information about treatment options for their medical conditions.
  • Encouraged to share decision making about their health care to the extent that they choose.
  • Involved in making decisions about how health services are designed and operate, how care is delivered, and in measuring and evaluating care and services.

Health care can be improved when consumers share – with their healthcare providers – what is important to them and any issues that may affect their care and treatment plans.

When in hospital, you will often notice nurses and other staff discussing your care. This is known as clinical handover.

What is 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.

What happens during clinical handover?

During clinical handover, you will be introduced to the nurse coming on duty for the next shift. Information which may be shared includes:

  • Your identification.
  • Medical history.
  • Current clinical condition.
  • Tests and procedures that are scheduled.
  • Need for assistance with everyday tasks such as showering; toileting; walking.
  • Plans for your discharge, even if it is a few days away.

Why is the patient’s involvement important?

You have a right to be involved in the clinical handover. Patients who are involved in their own care are more likely to have better health outcomes.

If you prefer, you can 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.

For any questions or concerns, please speak with your nurse.