The Royal College Of Physicians (RCP) has shown that the multiplicity of locally developed Early Warning Scores (EWS) used throughout the UK is causing a ‘lack of consistency in detecting the deterioration of patients . The RCP therefore produced a report in July 2012 proposing a National Early Warning Score (NEWS), a point based system, with the aim of standardisation across the UK. However, there is concern that if locally developed systems are working well why “fix what isn’t broken”. The current system used at Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals (SWBH) NHS Trust, UK is a simple colour coded observation chart. As observations become more abnormal they are documented in amber or red zones on the chart. Instructions on the chart explain that single “amber”, double “amber” or “red” observation should trigger a specified action, to be documented in the clinical notes, and increased frequency of observations. Previous audits of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Units of SWBH indicated that even this simple colour coded system was not accurately followed and could indicate that the NEWS, a more complicated point based system, may worsen compliance. The aims of this audit were to evaluate adherence to the current colour-coded EWS adult observation chart across a variety of wards.