Incident status update
We are currently caring for 241 patients with Covid-19 with 62 in critical care and 179 on our inpatient wards. There are 16 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Critical care remains under very significant pressure and we now have 96 intensive care patients. We are prepared to take up to 104 patients and orthopaedic theatres has been prepared as an intensive care area. There are no plans to extend beyond this point.

Ward G6 remains ready to accept red patients if necessary, however since the rate of daily admissions has now peaked it might be possible to open the ward as green medical beds.

Beds on our coronary care unit are currently closed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 and we are using K3 as a temporary area for this service.

As the cases level off, our modelling team is working intensively to understand when and how quickly we might expect to see a reduced number of red beds in the organisation and begin recovering services. We will keep you updated on this.

Our thanks, as ever, to staff who are working under enormous pressure at this time.

Covid-19 vaccination programme update
Our Covid-19 vaccination programme continues and yesterday we vaccinated 644 healthcare workers from CUH and our local partners. Thank you for your positive feedback about the process and our amazing vaccination team.

Clinics at CUH extended to include all staff
Additional vaccination clinic dates have been added and these are now open to all CUH staff (including those working full time at home). If you are in the clinical extremely vulnerable or red risk groups we would recommend trying to book at the start of clinics (earlier in the day) when it is quieter.

Vaccination clinics available at West Suffolk Hospital
West Suffolk Hospital has opened their vaccination clinics to partner organisations, including CUH staff. At the moment this is only open to staff involved in direct patient care (eg medical, nursing, AHPs), non-clinical staff who have contact with patients (eg receptionists, cleaners, porters) and laboratory and pathology staff who frequently handle SARS-CoV-2 or collect or handle potentially infected specimens. Booking details are available here: You will need to show your work ID when you attend the appointment.

Further details about the programme are available on the staff portal.

Trust ID badges replacing printer fobs from Sunday 31 January
From Sunday 31 January, printer fobs will no longer be required to collect documents from network printers (pull printing) across the Trust – just tap your Trust staff ID badge on a printer instead. All existing staff ID badges will automatically be mapped to your computer username to allow you to retrieve documents from networked printers using your ID badge from 31 January but please continue to use your printer fob up until this date.

No changes will be made to the way in which you send documents to print – this process will remain the same, as will all other aspects of printing. This change only affects networked printers (those that currently require the use of a printer fob).

This change is part of the Trust’s IT Infrastructure Upgrade Programme – changing printing supplier from Safecom to UniPrint – making it easier and safer for all staff to retrieve printed documents.

Full details and FAQs are available on both Connect and the CUH Staff Portal.

Asymptomatic testing delay
Unfortunately, swab distribution in the food court for our asymptomatic testing programme has been delayed and will not begin tomorrow, Tuesday 19 January as previously advised. We will confirm the new date as soon as possible.

Health and safety
If anyone has been involved in an incident in which they may have been exposed to Covid-19, then it is important they contact occupational health for advice as soon as possible. This can be done by emailing at any time or by phoning 01223 216767 (08.30 to 16.30, 7 days a week).

Some staff have arranged Covid-19 tests after potential exposure rather than contacting occupational health for advice. Please note that testing can provide false reassurance if someone is negative but incubating – for example, a test the day after could be positive. Therefore, it is important that you contact occupational health as they will investigate whether there has been a ‘close contact’ and whether or not self-isolation of 10 days is required.

This advice relates to incidents such as PPE failure or breach. Contact tracing is routinely undertaken for patient and staff Covid-19 cases, with potentially affected staff being contacted directly.

Please ensure this message is shared with anyone in your teams who does not have frequent access to email.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust phlebotomy
In common with colleagues across the region, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is seeing intense demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, they have reviewed their on-site phlebotomy provision.

From today, Monday 18 January, patients who present at Newmarket Community Hospital, West Suffolk Hospital, or Sudbury Community Health Centre that are not registered with a GP practice within their catchment area, will be turned away and venepuncture will not be performed.

Please refer patients to local phlebotomy services for any urgent blood taking requirements.

Congratulations to CUH surgeon
Vikas Khanduja, CUH consultant orthopaedic surgeon, has been awarded the prestigious Hunterian Professor Award for 2021 by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Hunterian Professors are invited to give the annual Hunterian Lecture on their field of specialism and chosen research, which will be entitled, ‘Evaluating the Role of Novel Technologies in Optimising Arthroscopic Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement’.

Read more about Vikas’ achievement here. #CUHproud

08:27 – join via Zoom or Facebook
The 08:27 takes place each Tuesday morning and provides the latest updates and opportunity to ask questions. You can now join via Zoom using the link below or watch via Facebook in the staff group. Recordings are also added to the staff portal following the meeting.

Join via Zoom:
Passcode: 638644