Change to Biochemistry analysers

As you may be aware, the Biochemistry Laboratory is moving to new analysers during the week beginning 20 June, next week. This will be a phased transition and therefore may be subject to change. The final date of go live will be communicated closer to the time.

A full review of reference intervals and changes has been carried out and the table on Connect shows any potential differences as well as any changes to the reference intervals.

We are aiming to maintain current turn around times for acute work, however please bear with us during this transition as the automated track system will be down and work will need to be loaded manually. This will continue until December when the new track system is built.

Add on testing will be limited to once per day during this manual phase, so please ensure you order all tests required in advance. This may be a change in process for tests that are routinely added on after receipt in the laboratory (e.g. procalcitonin).

If you have any concerns about these changes or require further details, please contact the duty biochemist via the helpdesk (0333 103 2220 / pathp.servicedesk@nhs.net) or add-tr.dutybiochemist@nhs.net.


Reminder: QSiS downtime – today

Due to a system upgrade, QSiS will be unavailable today, Thursday 16 June, from 18:00 for approximately four hours, although it is unlikely to take this long. This will result in system downtime and it will not be possible to log on to the system or report new incidents.

Please use the backup submission form here for incidents occurring during this time. If a serious incident needs to be reported during this period, please contact the patient safety managers.

We apologise for the inconvenience. Please contact qsis@addenbrookes.nhs.uk if you have any questions.


National Green Plan launches today

Today, Thursday 16 June, the NHS is announcing that all Trusts have a net zero plan in place. Together, these plans will save more than one million tonnes of carbon over the next three years – that’s the same as taking 520,000 cars off the road!

The task of achieving this won’t be easy as carbon is built into everything we do at CUH, so as a Trust we have put together a plan of 50 key actions, called Action 50. The plan aims to bring a positive change in the three key areas of: physical infrastructure; organisational procedures; and behavioural responses.

To achieve this goal we all need to get involved, so a sustainability toolkit has been developed to help teams in the Trust improve their eco-credentials. The scheme offers teams the opportunity to achieve an accredited ranking based on how sustainable they are. Take a look at Green Impact CUH to find out more.


Improving outside break areas

In response to staff feedback, we have been making improvements to some of our outside spaces, including the patio area next to the Food Court.

We have installed covered/shaded areas along the patio, and updated the furniture in the area. We’ve also added additional seating just outside of the patio area.

New seating has also been installed near the Rosie, Elsworth House, near the Cycle Hub, and in the garden by Pemberton House.

This is part of our ongoing commitment to improving staff rest areas across the Trust. Please do continue to send your feedback to help shape plans. If you have any feedback or questions, please contact comms@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.


NEW training sessions on disability

As part of our ongoing commitment to inclusion, two courses are now open to book to explore disability, health conditions and neurodifferences. These sessions are primarily aimed at managers and leaders who would like to be able to better support their teams. Both sessions will run as virtual workshops via Zoom.

11 July 10:00-11:00 – Celebrating disability. Book on DOT here
12 July, 13:00-16:00 – Disability in the workplace – webinar. Book on DOT here

Places are limited so early booking is advised. These sessions are running as part of a pilot and will be joined by members of the Purple Network.

For further information  please email equality@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.


My CUH Story – Long Service Awards – Gemma Harvey

Our staff are what make our hospitals special. This week we’ve been recognising and celebrating staff who are receiving their long service awards and sharing some of their stories.

Today we are sharing Gemma Harvey’s CUH story. Gemma, is a specialist biomedical scientist in the haematology lab. This year Gemma is celebrating 20 years of work at CUH!

Gemma said: “I started as a ward assistant working evenings and Saturdays whilst at university studying biomedical science. When I diagnosed my first positive malaria result and told the emergency department of this diagnosis I felt immense pride. Confirming a diagnosis so a patient can receive the correct treatment early is so rewarding, especially as sometimes these are life threatening situations.”

Read Gemma’s story on the CUH website.


In Memoriam at The Green & The Gardens

More than 80 flags made from hospital bed sheets have been installed on The Green & The Gardens. Open from today until Tuesday 12 July 2022, staff are invited to enter the free, open-air art installation to reflect, contemplate and explore.

In Memoriam, by artist Luke Jerram, remembers all those we have lost from the pandemic, as well as being a tribute to all the biomedical researchers and health and care workers who have gone above and beyond. Read more here.

In Memoriam will be the backdrop to a range of events aimed at bringing the Cambridge Biomedical Campus community together, including the first CUH Arts Festival. From Monday 27 June to Friday 01 July you can take part in a range of free live arts performances, workshops and tours set amongst the flags, online and across our hospitals. Bookings are now open – for more information please see the staff portal.

In Memoriam is brought to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus by Prologis UK, developer of the campus expansion, and CUH Arts.


#Kind – please respect other shared path users

If you walk or cycle to/from the Babraham Road Park and Ride site, please be mindful that it is a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists – please look out for each other and remember our values of safe and kind.

We know that overgrown hedges are making it more difficult to allow room for passing others, and this has been reported via the Council’s portal.