Incident status update

We are currently caring for 19 patients with Covid-19; 5 of those are in critical care. There are 28 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Boost your immunity this winter – flu vaccine for staff with increased risk factors available ahead of schedule

As you will know, we have purchased a specific vaccine type recommended for colleagues in specific risk groups, and those aged 65 and over.

Due to an early delivery we now have all vaccine types available, so staff with increased risk factors can receive their flu vaccine now – you no longer need to wait until tomorrow, Saturday 25 September. The vaccinators will be able to advise on a 1:1 basis which vaccine is recommended for you and your specific circumstances.

Remember, flu can be life-threatening, so protect yourself, your family and your patients, and get your vaccination.

We need as many staff as possible to receive their flu vaccination in the first few weeks. It not only maximises protection, it will also help us to deliver Covid-19 ‘booster 3rd’ vaccinations quickly and efficiently from Monday 04 October.

Full details are available on Connect and the staff portal.

Individual staff risk assessment for Covid-19

Throughout the pandemic we have evolved our staff individual Covid-19 risk assessment to be as comprehensive and applicable as possible using the latest evidence and guidance. Our aim is to identify staff at various levels of risk, including clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), to ensure appropriate work placement.

We have now incorporated the latest evidence to create a new digital Covid-19 risk assessment tool version 7, which will allow staff to understand their own individual risk factors. There has also been a change in how the risk groups are defined.

The outcomes have changed from a colour (red, orange, yellow or green) into numbered groups, however, we still have the same risk groups as in previous risk assessments. For clarification, the risk groups equate as follows:

  • Group 1 = red
  • Group 2 = orange
  • Group 3 = yellow
  • Group 4 = green

We will be asking all staff to re-assess their risk using the new digital Covid-19 risk assessment tool version 7.

All CUH staff in ‘red risk’ groups should have received an email on Monday 20 September, with a link to the new version. The link will be shared with all other staff in the coming weeks.

Anti-embolism stocking (AES) supplier switch

The Trust will be switching from TEDS (Cardinal Health) to FitLegs (G&N Medical) anti-embolism stockings (AES) during October. Training across the Trust will commence on Monday 27 September and all wards who currently use AES have been sent a training timetable via ward managers and matrons. All wards will be supplied with user guides and switching information during the training weeks.

Please contact Carole Young, tissue viability lead or Steve Upton, clinical procurement specialist if you have any queries.

CUH nurse nominated for prestigious national award

Congratulations to Lauren McCrisken, colorectal clinical nurse specialist, who has been nominated for the prestigious national Gary Logue Colorectal Cancer Nurse Awards by Bowel Cancer UK.

The Awards celebrate and reward the UK’s best colorectal cancer nurses, identifying and honouring the achievements of colorectal cancer nurses who make a huge difference to both the lives of their patients and colleagues across the UK. Read more here.

The winners will be announced at the national colorectal cancer nurses network (NCCNN) virtual study day on Wednesday 29 September. The two winners will each receive a bursary towards their professional development. Good luck Lauren! #CUHproud

Hills Road temporary road works

Please be aware of emergency road works taking place on Hills Road (A1307) at the junction of Nightingale Avenue and Red Cross Lane.

The emergency works are causing long delays due to temporary traffic lights in place in relation to a gas leak. Please avoid if possible and allow extra time for your journey.

We are advised that the work will be undertaken as quickly as possible.

Notification of works

Linen chutes serving all C wards – levels 2 – 10 and chute room level 1
Today, Friday 24 September 08:00 – 16:00

During the above times, essential maintenance will be undertaken on the linen chutes feeding all C wards. There will be no linen chutes in use for the duration of the work. Signage will be provided and barriers will be in pace. Linen will be collected from levels 2 – 10 for the duration of the work. Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum.

Heating maintenance – all areas of Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre
Monday 27 September to Friday 24 December 08:00 – 16:00

During the above times, a range of rectification works to the heating system will be undertaken in all areas in the ATC. Work will be undertaken in a phased approach and local heating circuits will be isolated whilst the works are carried out. Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum.

CCTV maintenance affecting outpatients department car park, main road leading to accident and emergency department and main reception, Keith Day Road, Richard Howe Road, Robinson Way
Monday 27 September to Friday 01 October, works will commence at 16:00 each day

During the above times, further works will be undertaken to the external CCTV cameras across the site. This will lead to some minor disruption to parking areas whilst these works are carried out.