Incident status update

We are currently caring for 30 patients with Covid-19; 7 of those are in critical care. There are 16 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Boost your immunity this winter with the flu vaccine

CUH’s flu vaccination programme will begin next week as a drop-in service. Our occupational health colleagues are currently making final preparations and full details will be shared as soon as possible. Flu can be life-threatening, so protect yourself, your family and your patients, and get your vaccination.

You will have seen that the Government has accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that priority groups, including health and social care workers, should also be offered a third dose Covid-19 ‘booster’ vaccine. We will provide an update for staff when we know more.

SAMBA drop-off point for patient samples

Further to previous communications regarding the change of drop-off point for SAMBA samples (level 3 main corridor, near the EAU lift, towards A3), please note that:

  • Level 3 drop-off is for patient SAMBA samples only
  • Asymptomatic staff screening samples should be delivered to the asymptomatic testing bin at the staff testing pod (outside S-Block)
  • PHE patient samples should be delivered to the PHE laboratory on the sixth floor of the Pathology block.

Redistributing samples to other services causes delays for staff and patients; thank you for your help in making testing as efficient as possible.

Uniform policy – wearing uniform on the Campus

Following discussion at the recent all staff Q&A we can confirm that staff are able to wear uniform around the Cambridge Biomedical Campus for breaks and travelling between hospital sites, with the exception of staff working in red areas and those wearing theatre scrubs, who should change prior to leaving the clinical area.

PaNDR – 24/7 emergency provision across the east of England from April 2022

We are pleased to share the news that from April 2022 CUH will deliver 24/7 emergency ambulance provision for in-utero transfers, babies and sick children across the east of England, through the Paediatric and Neonatal Decision Support and Retrieval Service (PaNDR).

We are taking over this provision from Great Ormond Street Hospital, meaning response and journey times for patients will be reduced and the flow of critically ill children across the region will be improved.

The service will operate six specialist ambulances; three equipped for neonatal transfers, and three for older children. We will be recruiting staff to the service later this month and will need consultants and critical care nurses to join the team.

For more information on these roles, please get in touch with Eileen Clarke, PaNDR deputy operations manager.

Safe maternal and newborn care – World Patient Safety Day 2021

Tomorrow, Friday 17 September, CUH will be joining hospitals all over the world to celebrate World Patient Safety Day 2021.

Globally, almost 7,000 newborns and over 800 women lose their lives every day. Most of these lives can be saved through the provision of safe care.

That’s why the World Health Organisation (WHO) has decided that this year’s theme is ‘safe maternal and newborn care’.

There are a number of virtual events that CUH staff can attend tomorrow, including the WHO virtual global conference and a national event to showcase NHS work taking place to improve safety in maternal and neonatal care.

More details are available on Connect and the staff portal. Further information about World Patient Safety Day is available on the WHO website.

World First for AI and machine learning to treat Covid patients worldwide.


In a groundbreaking study, CUH along with 20 other hospitals from across the world and healthcare technology leader, NVIDIA, have used artificial intelligence (AI) to predict Covid patients’ oxygen needs on a global scale.

The research was sparked by the pandemic and set out to build an AI tool to predict how much extra oxygen a Covid-19 patient may need in the first days of hospital care, using data from across four continents.

You can read the full story on our website.