Incident status update

We are currently caring for 126 COVID-19 positive patients, with 38 in critical care.

There are 426 empty beds in the Trust with 11 empty in adult critical care and 10 empty on PICU.

Another 51 patients are waiting for swab results and one of these patients is in critical care.

Are you struggling with wearing glasses in full PPE?

The optometry department would like to hear from anyone who is struggling with using their reading glasses in full PPE. Please call x254 444 leaving your name, role/ward and a contact number and a member of the optometry team will get back to you.

New NHS guidance for Ramadan 23 April to 24 May during COVID  – key workplace considerations

As you know the NHS and CUH has a diverse workforce. Line managers, supervisors and colleagues should be aware of key advice relating to Muslim staff that may be observing fasting during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and Eid-ul-Fitr will occur during the projected peak of the COVID-19 outbreak. This year Ramadan is due to start on 23 or 24 April 2020, depending on the sighting of the new moon; Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be on 23 or 24 May 2020.

New NHS guidance has been produced by the NHS Muslim Network and the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) for supporting NHS staff and colleagues throughout the month of Ramadan which is on https://people.nhs.uk/,  the new NHS staff support portal here.

Social distancing request

We have had a complaint from a member of the public about staff members using outdoor grassy areas for breaks without any social distancing. The issue of smokers standing very close to each other, and in some cases sharing a cigarette, was also raised. Please could everyone follow the two metre social distancing advice in all locations around the campus – for your own safety and for the safety of others.

Important skin care for staff members – guidance

Some members of staff can experience broken skin, rashes and increased dermatitis with increased level of hand washing and universal infection control measures. Occupational Health have provided some tips for looking after skin that you can use and still stay safe at work.

Trial extension of M&S opening times

From today, Marks and Spencer will trial an extension of their opening times until 8pm for a week.

Ibuprofen and coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Commission of Human Medicines (CHM) has been asked to review the safety of ibuprofen in patients with COVID-19. The Commission on Human Medicines’ Expert Working Group on coronavirus (COVID-19) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and contracting or worsening of COVID-19. Read more GOV.UK.

PPE educational programme

To ensure staff feel confident and are safe when using PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic, a DOT training package is now available for all staff, which consists of e-learning and face-to-face sessions (with appropriate social distancing). Please ensure you complete this package particularly if you have not received any formal training to date. It is suitable for all staff groups both clinical and non-clinical. Further information is available on the staff portal.

BBC at CUH

Thankyou to everyone who helped host BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym and team yesterday on a visit to CUH. The team were incredibly moved by what they saw and heard during their time here, which included visits to ED, critical care and N2. We expect the item to feature on national BBC News at Six and News at 10 tonight, and will be on iplayer for 24 hours afterwards.