IT systems update

The issues affecting our IT systems have now been resolved. Thank you all for your patience and efforts in putting business continuity arrangements in place while we’ve undertaken this work.

Please call the IT Service Desk on x257257 (01223 257257) if you experience any further issues.

Incident status update

We are currently caring for 57 patients with Covid-19; 3 of those are in critical care. There are 21 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Biochemistry laboratory analyser issue

The biochemistry laboratory is currently unable to process samples for measurement of osmolality. Samples that require osmolality will be sent away to a local laboratory for processing and will take up to 24hrs to process. This situation is likely to continue until at least Monday 17 January.

Please consider whether your request is required. If you do require an urgent result, please call the laboratory (via the switchboard) to discuss, as this may be available on a limited basis.

System-wide discharge planning event

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the multi-agency discharge event taking place this week. We’ve been working closely with health and social care partners across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough system on a focussed piece of work to improve timely discharges for patients. We know this has meant all divisions working in a different way – thank you for your support.

We’ve seen some really positive results, discharging more patients than we have admitted this week which is against the usual trend during the winter months. We’ve also been able to realise a number of complex discharges and discharges where same day care packages have been put in place.

We will be working closely with system partners to learn from this week. Thank you all for your efforts.

Bronze command training

Over the past 24 months CUH has been managing the response and recovery to the Covid-19 pandemic through a nationally recognised command and control structure. The tiers of gold (strategic), silver (tactical) and bronze (operational) have been instrumental in ensuring we have very clear lines of escalation.

We would like to remind all those working at the bronze (operational) command level that this training is incredibly important and we encourage you to attend the two-hour training run by the resilience team – click here for details of upcoming sessions.

The aim of this training is to provide some background to the command structure and explain the responsibilities of individuals fulfilling this role. The training will hopefully help participants gain a greater understanding of their role in an incident and the associated chain of command.

The sessions are ideally suited to staff working in lead roles within the divisional bronze command structure, as well as nursing bleep holders, shift facilities managers, patient flow managers, team leaders and ED bleep holders.

For further information please email

Embracing neurodiversity at CUH

Did you know that around one in seven people in the UK are neurodivergent, meaning their brain may function, process and learn information differently to someone who is ‘neurotypical’?

Although we say we value alternative thinking at CUH, we know that for some of our 11,000+ staff, it doesn’t always feel like it. We need to make it OK to bring your whole self to work, whoever you are, and ensure we support and value the talents of neurodivergent minds.

To help us make that happen, over the past few months the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) team has been working with some of our neurodiverse colleagues on a project to set a clear standard for how we talk about neurodifference across our hospitals.

Full details will be shared soon, but in the meantime, watch this short video to find out more about neurodiversity and why it should be celebrated, rather than treated as a disorder.

More information about EDI at CUH is available on Connect.

Comparing Covid-19 booster vaccinations (COV-BOOST) – young adults fractional dosing sub-study

The Cambridge Clinical Research Centre (CCRC) based at CUH is now in a position to invite participants (age 18-30yrs) to enrol in an NIHR-sponsored study (COV-BOOST sub-study) in which they would be randomised to receive a third booster Covid vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at either full or fractional dosage.

CCRC seeks to enrol 50 to 60 participants, of whom 50% have previously had Covid (PCR-proven) and 50% who have not. Vaccinations will be conducted in the clinical research facility (CRF) on 26, 27 or 28 January. Following this, participants will be required to provide a blood sample (via CRF visit) to monitor immune responses at days 14, 28, 84 and 242.

If immune responses to fractional doses of these vaccines are just as robust as after full dose, this study may change immunisation schedules both in the UK and internationally, with the potential to greatly increase the availability of mRNA vaccines worldwide, including developing nations.

If you are interested in taking part, please express an interest via the trial website.

Medicine for Members: Genomics in health and disease

Our first Medicine for Members in 2022 will be held on Wednesday 26 January from 18:30-19:30 via Zoompasscode: 885777 and the CUH Facebook page.

Join our Genomics leading experts, Kate Downes, rare disease lead scientist, and Patrick Tarpey, cancer lead scientist, at CUH to find out how genetic information is coded in our DNA and how the variants in this code cause disease.

A recording will be available on the on the CUH website and CUH YouTube channel.

You Made a Difference – Róbert Répássy

Congratulations to Róbert Répássy, carpenter, who is one of our December You Made a Difference (YMAD) winners! An extract from Róbert’s nomination said: “Róbert is always professional and shows compassion when attending our ward. He is a credit to the hospital and very much respected”. Read more about how Róbert ‘made a difference’ on the CUH website. You can also read Róbert’s CUH story here.

Our YMAD awards reward and recognise both individual staff members and whole teams in the CUH family who have gone above and beyond, both in patient facing and non-patient facing roles. Anyone can make a nomination: staff, patients and visitors. We would love to see members of staff and teams nominated from across the organisation for making a difference in their unique area of work.

All nominations can be made using the form on the CUH website#CUHproud