Incident status update

We are currently caring for 58 patients with Covid-19; with 3 of those patients in critical care. There are 21 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Operational status update

We are experiencing capacity issues across the Trust, primarily due to significant infection control issues, which is having an impact on our ability to provide safe care for patients in our emergency department and puts our planned surgical programme at risk.

We need your help to address occupancy levels across the Trust, reduce crowding in the emergency department and maintain our planned activity. Please:

  • Support the emergency department with ownership of specialty patients and respond quickly to undertake reviews – admissions should only be made by a consultant.
  • Make sure that patients likely to be discharged are reviewed early in the ward round and that any actions required for discharge of these patients are completed immediately.
  • Discharge patients early to the discharge lounge to create space within wards.  Support reverse boarding where safe to do so.
  • Escalate any delays for inpatients to your divisional manager of the day or the Operations Centre ie. diagnostic tests, clinical reviews, transport.
  • Plan ahead for discharges – escalate issues as early as possible, particularly involving the discharge planning team for patients who will require support.
  • Have conversations with relatives about when we expect to be able to discharge their loved one – and how they are planning to get home when discharged.
  • Continue to follow infection control practices; these are so important in reducing the risk of the transmission.

Planned PACS and TRAD downtime – Thursday 27 January 2022 05:00

On Thursday 27 January from 05:00 for a maximum of 30 minutes, both PACS and TRAD will undergo planned downtime to undertake security maintenance to both systems. Imaging that is acquired during this time will need to be viewed on the device that was used to acquire it.

Urgent imaging that needs to be transferred into CUH during this period will need to be requested to be sent on a disc with the patient and viewed on a PACS workstation.

Any urgent imaging that needs to be transferred to another hospital will need to be burnt to disc from the scanner it was acquired on and transferred with the patient.

Foreign imaging that has been sent to the hospital prior to this period can be viewed using the Image Exchange Portal. Please contact the emergency department imaging staff for any clinical queries or concerns during this period on extension 217121 or bleep 154-260.

Reminder: Covid vaccination as a condition of deployment

As you will be aware, the Government is introducing legislation to make the Covid-19 vaccination (comprising first and second doses) mandatory for health workers from 01 April 2022.

This will include any staff undertaking CQC regulated activities, as well as any staff who have direct, face to face contact with patients. This means that any staff members within this group who have not received their first dose vaccine by 03 February 2022 and their second dose vaccine by 31 March 2022 will not be able to be deployed in these roles from 01 April.

We have written to all staff who we do not have a record of Covid vaccination for to understand their current vaccination status, outline the potential impact this may have on them and offer the opportunity for a respectful and compassionate conversation.

Divisional Heads of Workforce will be working closely with line managers over the coming days to establish what the implications of this legislation may be for their particular areas.

If you have not yet been fully vaccinated with your first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and would like to discuss any questions or concerns you have, please email and we can help to facilitate a discussion with one of our experienced and compassionate clinicians.

You can also watch our recent vaccine Q&A, and allergy webinar or attend one of the national Q&A sessions.

Safe spaces to de-compress, be heard and connect with others

Leadership Support Circle sessions provide facilitated supportive space for those who have responsibility for managing a team, at whatever level, and whether medical, clinical or non-clinical.

Participants gain insights about self-care and supporting their teams as we continue to navigate challenging working conditions, and are provided with supporting resources.

Next week’s themes are:

  • Look after yourself
  • Speak candidly and compassionately
  • Be inclusive in the way you lead

You can book onto any one, or all of the themed sessions and you will also be signposted to further support resources linked to the particular themes. To register for a circle, please click here.

Reminder: Medicine for Members: Genomics in health and disease

Join us this evening from 18:30-19:30 – Kate Downes, east genomics rare disease lead scientist, and Patrick Tarpey, east genomics cancer lead scientist, will discuss how sequencing our genomes is transforming care for rare disease and cancer patients in the NHS.

The lecture can be joined via Zoompasscode: 885777 or the CUH Facebook page.

If you are unable to make it, a recording will be made available on the CUH website and CUH YouTube channel.

Travel: Stagecoach bus updates

How to access the 15% Stagecoach discount
From February 2022, the 15% discount of Stagecoach DayRider and MegaRider tickets will be moving onto the Stagecoach app only and will no longer be available on the buses. This discount is therefore only available to staff with a smartphone who can download the app.

Employees of the Biomedical Campus will be able to purchase special, discounted tickets on the Stagecoach Bus app. Further details are available on the Stagecoach website and on the staff portal.

Free NHS travel extended
As a gesture of goodwill and a thank you to NHS staff, Stagecoach is extending free travel on their services for all NHS staff up to and including Sunday 06 February. Staff need to just show their staff ID badge to take advantage of the free travel. The new discounted ticketing mentioned above will start on Monday 07 February.

Busway – upcoming closures
A full closure of the maintenance track (cycle and pedestrian) and busway in both directions, from the entrance to the busway at Hills Road bridge to the Addenbrooke’s spur junction, will take place over five days from Monday 31 January to Friday 04 February. This is to install a temporary barrier and carry out essential maintenance.

From 05 February, there will be a temporary partial closure to the guided busway between CUH and Cambridge Railway Station. It is further to an ongoing investigation between Cambridgeshire County Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as part of a review of safety on the busway. During this time busway services including the Busway A and Universal will reroute on Hills Road. Further details on the County Council website.

Congratulations to Jon Broomfield

Congratulations to Jon Broomfield, senior biomedical scientist in the Blood Sciences Laboratory, on receiving the first Siemens Healthineers Customer Excellence Award of 2022.

Nominated by Dr Sue Oddy, lead healthcare scientist, Jon has worked closely with Siemens Healthineers in the pre-launch evaluation of the PlGF and sFLT-1 assays which can be used to detect pre-eclampsia in pregnancy. Sue said “Jon is a passionate and highly valued member of Addenbrooke’s staff who has demonstrated excellent technical and scientific skills in this evaluation work”.

Collaborations such as this provide valuable information on novel markers for the laboratory community – congratulations Jon! #CUHproud