AbstractBackgroundPatient handover has been described as `one of the most perilous procedures in medicine` (British Medical Association, 2004). The Irish Medical Council underlines the importance of high-quality, relevant clinical information communication at shift changes.MethodsOn Friday January 26th 2018, the weekend handover practice for medical inpatients requiring medical registrar review was formalised in a large Dublin teaching hospital. Firstly, pertinent clinical information and the purpose of review were captured in an electronic order placed on the electronic patient record (EPR). A verbal handover meeting each Friday supported further discussion and patient handover. Data from the 26th of January to the 7th of July 2018 was analysed from the EPR. The purpose of weekend review was grouped under four categories - full clinical review, laboratory results review, review to facilitate discharge and patients who did not demand formal review but were handed over for information only.ResultsOver the 23 week period, 652 electronic orders for weekend review were placed on medical inpatients. This equated to an average of 27 reviews per weekend. The average age of patients reviewed was 63 years (SD 18.8 years). Median length of stay (LOS) was 4 days with a higher median LOS (6.7 days) observed for those aged 65 years and over. Over half (54%) of all weekend reviews required full clinical review whilst 27% of reviews were for laboratory results follow up only. Comparison between medical inpatients aged less than 65 and greater than 65 years noted little differences between the two cohorts in terms of the purpose of weekend review. Daily review was required for 73% of patents handed over to the medical registrar.ConclusionWeekend review of medical inpatients by medical registrars constitutes a significant workload. A formalised weekend handover practice complimented by an electronic process facilitates safer patient handover by improving the quality, transparency and accessibility of clinical information.