Incident status update

We are currently caring for 25 patients with Covid-19; 5 of those are in critical care. There are 17 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Please be aware that the data in yesterday’s bulletin was incorrect. There were 24 patients with Covid-19, with 3 of those in critical care. There were 18 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Please note the clinic code COVFUTEL is obsolete and should not be used: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

Temporary change to training renewal requirements

It is a CUH requirement that all staff involved in clinical trials undertake good clinical practice (GCP) training every two years. However, in light of the difficulty scheduling refresher training during the ongoing pandemic, and in accordance with regulatory guidance, CUH is allowing flexibility with the two year renewal timeline.

If your GCP renewal was due between 01 March 2020 and 31 December 2021, the Trust will permit up to an additional 12 months for GCP refresher training to be undertaken, in order to aid scheduling between peak admission times. Please note that it is expected that GCP refresher training is undertaken at the earliest opportunity during this period.

From 01 January 2022 the two-year renewal period will be reinstated. There is no change to the requirement for staff to have valid, certified GCP training prior to undertaking activities on a clinical trial.

Sta’s restaurant temporarily closed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sta’s restaurant in the Frank Lee Centre will be closed until Monday 02 August.

The Sanctuary opening hours are 07:00-22:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00-22:00 Saturdays and 08:00-16:00 Sundays. Bar opening times are 12:00-14:00 Monday to Friday (soft drinks only), 17:00-23:00 Monday to Thursday and 16:00-23:00 Fridays.

Complimentary water and vending machine snacks remain available in the Sanctuary. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Amber thunderstorm warning today

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for thunderstorms that may develop in the region throughout the day until the early hours of tomorrow, potentially bringing torrential rain, frequent lightning, large hail and gusty winds.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms may also lead to localised flooding and travel disruption.

Please take care when travelling to and from work and consider leaving extra time for your journey.