Incident status update

We are currently caring for 18 patients with Covid-19; 3 of those are in critical care. There are 32 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

As a result of the increase in Covid patients, we are currently working through a plan that is being discussed with relevant teams. J3 will be the next red ward for Covid positive cases and all teams, clinical and non-clinical, are working together to co-ordinate this move.

We recognise that this will involve some disruption and we are grateful to all those involved for your patience and cooperation.

Early supported discharge for Covid patients

A reminder that the acute respiratory team (ART) nurses can support early discharge of patients with Covid-19.

For patients within the first 14 days of onset, the ART nurses will loan patients pulse oximeters to capture any deterioration early and will contact patients to ensure they are clinically improving. For patients after 14 days of onset, who are recovering but still require oxygen support, ART nurses can also arrange oxygen support as appropriate.

If you review a patient who could be supported safely this way, please refer them to ART. Managing Covid patients who can be safely looked after out of hospital in this way not only means they can convalesce in a more familiar surrounding, but also releases capacity for patients that can only be treated at CUH as inpatients for other emergency or urgent needs.

The route of referral depends on whether a patient is being discharged from an inpatient ward or following assessment in ED/N2.

Please note the clinic code COVFUTEL is obsolete and should not be used:

  • Discharge from ward: phone call to ART team within working hours (ext. 216647). This is to enable ART nurses to instruct the patients on the use of pulse oximeter.
  • Patients discharged out of hours from ED/N2 can be referred via the clinic code ADD CVWTEL JPF (EPIC order Ref500, followed by the clinic code) and the patient will be contacted by the team within 24-48 hours of discharge.

Radiation – warning signs and incident reporting

Staff are reminded that it is essential to adhere to radiation warning signs and the systems of work in place across our hospitals. These are in place to keep you, our staff, as well as our patients and members of the public, safe. Full compliance is expected of all CUH staff and is essential at all times.

When reporting incidents, QSiS users can identify those which involve ionising radiation via a drop-down box on the ‘additional information’ page. Selecting this option will notify the Trust’s radiation protection team, who are available for advice on follow up actions to be taken or any other matters relating to radiation safety.

Procurement – customer services

Please be aware that the current customer services telephone numbers have changed. All calls will now be routed through to ext. 257008, where you will placed in a queue and assigned to an agent.

Planned TRAD upgrade

On Wednesday 11 August from 09:00 TRAD will experience an estimated 4 hours of downtime. During this time, the TRAD button on the Connect portal will not function.

To access imaging sent to CUH from another Trust during this period, please use PACS via the Connect portal, searching by the patient’s name and date of birth.

Whilst some of these patients may be registered on Epic, the imaging that has been sent to CUH will only be available through PACS under the demographics from the sending Trust. Imaging sent to CUH within 14 days prior to this period may still be available; or can be retransferred to CUH if clinically urgent.

Please contact the image transfer team on ext. 216323 for any clinical queries or concerns.

Weather warning this weekend

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain and thunder in the East of England on Saturday and Sunday.

Heavy rain and thundery showers may lead to flooding and travel disruption in some places, so please take care when travelling to and from work and consider leaving extra time for your journey.

More information can be found on the Met Office website.

My CUH story – Nneka Smith

Our staff are what make our hospitals special. Today we are sharing Nneka’s story. Nneka is a diagnostic radiographer, currently working as the allied health professionals practice education facilitator. She joined CUH in 2016, following a career in teaching.

“I like interacting with service users, but also being able to geek out with the technology. Things change all the time and that’s what I really enjoy.

Nneka is passionate about inclusion and is involved in quite a few of the staff networks. “What I like about working at CUH is the diversity; there are so many different professionals and clinicians all working together. It’s a real hub of growth, knowledge and activity.”

Read Nneka’s story on the CUH website. If you would like to share your CUH story, please email

Quarterly staff survey – closes Sunday

The experience of our staff is important to us; it is vital.

We run quarterly staff surveys, alongside the national staff survey, to help us understand what it feels like to work at CUH and to take action to make improvements based on your feedback.

This quarter’s survey launched last Monday, 12 July, and will close this Sunday, 25 July. You will have received an email from Picker, who administer the survey on our behalf, with details of how to respond. Please do take the time and opportunity to have your say. #StaffVoice

CUH teams shortlisted for awards

The finalists for the Nursing Times Awards 2021 have been revealed today, with CUH shortlisted in two categories – Children’s Services and the HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care. Congratulations to all those involved!

The awards recognise innovative, patient-focused and inclusive nursing, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in October. The full shortlist is available here. #CUHproud

Staff wellbeing: Frank Lee – no joining fee in July

Remember, if you join the Frank Lee Centre during July there’s no joining fee! You can sign up at reception with your NHS ID badge.

Visit the Frank Lee website for more information.