Inpatient X-ray demand

The imaging department has seen an increase in the demand for inpatient X-rays, combined with high sickness levels in the Portering teams.

The Inpatient X-ray team has capacity to image approximately 39 patients per day; there are currently 119 requests/patients outstanding, whilst the team is receiving approximately 40 additional requests per day.

As a result there will be delays to imaging these patients which will impact the flow of patients in the Trust. All patients will be prioritised based on the clinical details provided.

We are asking referrers to review their patients and consider if the X-ray is still required, or if the patients could be discharged and have an X-ray as an outpatient instead.

Thank you to the ward staff who have been supporting bringing their patients to the department for their X-ray. This has helped and we continue to ask for your support.

Thank you.
The inpatient X-ray team, ext. 216387 / 348551

Specialty/Business Unit changes in Epic from today

As communicated last week, the Cardiovascular-Metabolic and ENT/H&N/Plastics business units have now been renamed in Epic to CDG-MODEL and EPOV respectively.

The Vascular Surgery specialty has moved to the new EPOV business unit, and the Dermatology and PUVA specialties have now moved to the CDG-MODEL business unit.

As a result, Workqueues and waiting list reports in Epic have also been amended as follows:

  1. Cardiovascular-Metabolic waiting list reports, and referral and appointment request workqueues have been renamed to CDG-MODEL
  2. ENT/H&N/Plastics waiting list reports, and referral and appointment request workqueues have been renamed to EPOV
  3. Dermatology and Puva orders, referrals and waiting lists have moved from EPOV to the CDG-Model workqueues and waiting list reports
  4. Vascular Surgery orders, referrals and waiting lists have moved from the CDG-Model to EPOV workqueues and waiting list reports.

Renaming of Intestinal Rehabilitation on Epic – today

Following feedback from patients and staff, the Intestinal Failure service has been renamed Intestinal Rehabilitation, which has more positive connotations. The service name will be changed on Epic from today, Tuesday 21 June.

The Intestinal Rehabilitation service pages on Connect have also been updated to provide further information about the nutrition nurse specialists, the enteral and parenteral nutrition services and the Feeding Issues MDT.

Referrals for enteral nutrition:
Please refer via Epic using the Order tab (search Nutrition Nurse) for:

  1. Complex nasogastric insertion
  2. Bridle insertion
  3. Enteral feeding device and pump training
  4. All patients for discharge home or transfer to other care setting with feeding tubes
  5. PEG site reviews and treatment advice
  6. Troubleshooting for any enteral feeding devices
  7. Pre tube insertion discussions

Referrals to the weekly Feeding Issues MDT:

  1. Please refer via Epic using “IP Referral to Feeding Issues MDT”. All referrals must be received by 17:00 on Tuesday afternoon for discussion on Wednesday (14:00-15:30)
  2. The referring team will be contacted by email by 10:00 on Wednesday with the time and location/dial in details
  3. Where no representative is available, the patient will not be discussed and will be deferred until the following week

Referrals for parenteral nutrition:

  1. All PN referrals must be made by the medical team on Epic using “Patient needs PN”. Referrals to be seen on the same day need to be placed by 12:00. Orders received after 12:00 will be seen the next day
  2. For Palliative PN referrals please refer to FIMDT as per the guidance

For more information see Connect.

Hospital passports: improving the patient journey

A hospital passport provides important information about a patient with a learning disability, including personal details, the type of medication they are taking, and any pre-existing health conditions.

The passport also includes information about how a person communicates and their likes and dislikes, which can be very important when they are first admitted to hospital.

This can include any communication aids and how they can be used so health staff can communicate clearly. They can also show how the person expresses things such as happiness, sadness, pain and discomfort.

Hospital passports allow our staff to understand the needs of the individual, helping you make the necessary reasonable adjustments to the care and treatment you provide. Please read hospital passports, ensure they are up to date and offer passports if someone would like one.  #LDWeek22


Celebrating our CUH annual awards nominees

Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated in this year’s CUH annual awards.

To celebrate all nominees, we are hosting a series of drop in events in the Hexagon at the Frank Lee Centre on the following dates:

Tuesday 05 July, 12:00 – 14:00 – R&D and Corporate functions
Wednesday 06 July, 12:00 – 14:00 – Division B, Division C and Division E
Thursday 07 July, 12:00 – 14:00 – Division A and Division D

Individual nominees will have received these details via email, and teams should hear via their divisional teams, but a full list of nominated teams is also available here.

If you are unable to drop in to the event on the specified date for your division, you will be welcome on any of the other dates – please do attend. At the event you will be presented with a certificate, and a letter which will include further details of your nomination. If you are unable to attend, your divisional leadership team will present you with your certificate and letter at an alternative time.

Congratulations to you all. #CUHproud

Genomics – helping to transform care and outcomes

This week we’re talking about genomics, as it’s Genomics Conversation Week!

Genomics continues to play an important part in healthcare. With an increasing number of nationally approved tests available to our patients, our chief nurse, Lorraine Szeremeta, says that ‘we can help transform care and outcomes for many’.

To keep up to date with genomic advances and testing in our region, visit, follow us on Twitter @East_Genomics, or LinkedIn. You can also sign up for our newsletter by emailing

Hear from some of the team at East Genomics – who are based here at CUH – about their roles and why they enjoy them:

Win tickets for the British Grand Prix

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust has received two complimentary tickets for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix taking place Friday 01 – Sunday 03 July.

We are inviting all staff to enter into a prize draw to win these tickets. All names received by midnight Wednesday 22 June will be entered into a draw and one lucky winner will be drawn at random to win both tickets. We will let the winner know by midday on Thursday 23 June.

The small print – please only enter if you are available to attend the British Grand Prix 01-03 July. The tickets must be used by the winner and a guest. You will be asked to provide your name and email address when entering – this must be a valid CUH email address. Duplicate entries will not be included in the prize draw.

Click here to enter.