Incident status update

We are currently caring for 10 patients with Covid-19; 3 of those are in critical care. There are 13 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Supporting early patient discharges – OPAT

To help ease some of the bed pressures in the Trust, please remember the outpatient intravenous antibiotics team (OPAT) service. The team can facilitate the discharge of adult patients who require a course of intravenous antibiotics but are otherwise medically fit for discharge.

The OPAT service can administer outpatient antibiotics via three main routes – daily attendance, self-administration or healthcare at home. When the team reviews a referral, they will discuss these options with the patient and arrange the most appropriate method for them.

Please note that the service cannot accept:

  • Patients younger than 16 years old
  • Patients with active substance abuse issues
  • Patients with some active psychiatric conditions
  • Patients that are hoist dependent

For all other patients who need intravenous antibiotics, please consider referral early in their admission as it can take some time to arrange how they will receive their antibiotics. The OPAT team endeavours to see all patients within 24 hours of their referral.

A referral can be made on Epic or please bleep the OPAT registrar on 154 201 or the OPAT nurse on 159 366 to discuss.

Secure Chat in Epic is now ‘live’ and available to use

Secure Chat in Epic, CUH’s new internal encrypted instant messaging system, is now ‘live’ and available to use through:

•    Epic Hyperspace (desktop PCs, laptops, WOWs, BYOD)
•    Epic Haiku app (Apple iPhone, IPod Touch and Android phones and tablets)
•    Epic Canto app (Apple iPad)
•    Epic Rover (Rover devices used by nursing staff)

User guides are available on Connect – please view the guides that are appropriate to the devices that you are using.

If you have not yet registered for Epic Haiku/Canto app access, the registration process details can be found here.

Non-emergency baton bleep/long-range pagers holders

  • Non-emergency baton bleeps (i.e. bleeps that do not ‘speak’)/long-range pagers are not being removed yet.
  • If you carry one of these bleeps we encourage you to register for Epic Haiku/Canto app access and provide details of your current bleep set-up (e.g. type of bleep, service used by, what it is used for, staff who use it) to to help support non-emergency bleep removal later this year.

Full details on when to use Secure Chat in Epic, along with tips for how to get the best out of communicating in this way, are available on Connect.

QSiS maintenance tomorrow

Due to a technical issue, the QSiS system upgrade that was due to take place last week did not go ahead.

The system will now be unavailable tomorrow, Tuesday 27 July, from 15:00 for approximately one hour. During this time it will not be possible to log on to QSiS or report new incidents.

For incidents that occur within this period, please use the QSiS incident submission back-up form, which can be found on Connect hereTo report a serious incident, please contact the QSiS helpdesk on ext. 217533.

We apologise for any inconvenience. Please contact with any questions.

Health and wellbeing – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Staff Support Hub

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System (ICS) has launched a new regional support service for those who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector, or not-for-profit sector.

The Staff Support Hub offers a safe space with a trained wellbeing professional to talk about your individual wellbeing needs. It’s free and completely confidential, offering fast access to services including a dedicated phone line, wellbeing workshops and group therapy sessions, including relationship counselling.

More details are available on Connect and the staff portal.

Work shadowing placements for sixth form students

The work opportunities team would like to inform all staff that placements are postponed until November 2021. If you receive a request for a placement directly, please forward the email to We will respond, signposting to other valuable learning opportunities, and will support the placement when possible.

Please note that all students are required to complete an application form and have full health clearance before entering a clinical area for placement, via contacting This was also the case prior to the current pandemic.

We thank you for your continued support with placements and look forward to having students with us again soon.

New flexible bus tickets available from today

Today, Monday 26 July, Stagecoach has launched new flexible bus tickets for the Cambridge MegaRider Zone and on their Busway network between Cambridge and St Ives bus station.

The new Cambridge Flexi5 and Flexi10 tickets will offer savings and put customers in full control of their bus tickets. This is something that staff have been asking for and our travel and transport team has been working on it with the bus company for some time.

For a full overview of the new ticket type, how to purchase and where these can be used, please visit the Stagecoach website.

08:27 – join via Zoom or Facebook

The 08:27 takes place each Tuesday morning and provides the latest updates and opportunity to ask questions. You can now join via Zoom using the link below or watch via Facebook in the staff group. Recordings are also added to the staff portal following the meeting.

Join via Zoom:
Passcode: 638644