Incident status update

We are currently caring for 28 patients with Covid-19; 9 of those are in critical care. There are 34 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

QSiS maintenance notice – Thursday 21 October

System maintenance is due to be carried out to the QSiS database on Thursday 21 October 2021 at 09:30 for 30 minutes. During this time the service will be unavailable.

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 if you have any questions.

Boost your immunity this winter – flu and Covid vaccines

We want to do everything we can to keep our staff healthy and well. A big part of this is offering vaccinations for flu and Covid-19 booster doses to all of our staff. Here is a reminder on what is on offer:

Flu vaccination
Drop-in flu vaccination clinics continue in the Deakin Centre, Monday to Friday 07:00-17:30. There will be two further Saturday drop-in clinics: Saturday 23 October and Saturday 30 October, 07:00-17:30. Please get your flu vaccination as soon as possible so that you are protected.

Covid-19 vaccination – booster third dose
We are delivering booster – third dose Covid-19 vaccinations to staff via booked appointments. If you had your second dose Covid-19 vaccination before or on 30 May 2021 please complete the expression of interest form by this Friday 22 October. The eHospital and occupational health team will then be able to issue you with an invitation to book your appointment via MyChart.

Why you are being offered a Covid-19 booster: Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to wane over time. This booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first two doses and give you longer term protection. Read more here.

If you’ve received your vaccine elsewhere
If you have recently had a Covid-19 vaccination and/or a flu vaccination administered somewhere other than CUH, please email the occupational health helpline at FAO Mike Brennan with your NHS number, which vaccine you have had and the date of the vaccination(s) so we can update occupational health records.

Further details for both flu and Covid-19 booster vaccinations are available on the staff portal.

Epic upgrade: additional Secure Chat functionality

In the new version of Epic, following the upgrade on Sunday 07 November, additional functionality for Secure Chat – the Trust’s encrypted instant messaging system within Epic – will be available, including:

  • Setting your availability / unavailability in both Epic Hyperspace and through the Haiku and Canto apps
  • Auto-forwarding messages if you are unavailable
  • Seeing availability of colleagues
  • Adding images from patients’ Epic records into Secure Chat conversations

Please see ‘Core Changes (All Staff) – Familiarisation with Epic Nov. 2020 pack’ for full details.

There is also a short video on DOT providing a general overview of this functionality, and you can check it out in the Epic playground.

Non-emergency bleep holder groups will be set up in Secure Chat (in collaboration with divisions and specialties) following the Epic upgrade to enable the Trust to move towards the Government’s initiative of removing all non-emergency pagers and baton bleeps by the end of 2021.

A reminder that Secure Chat is available to use in Epic Hyperspace, on Rover devices, and on your mobile phones / tablets via the Haiku and Canto apps – see Haiku/Canto registration details on Connect if you do not yet have it set up on your mobile devices.

Cambridge Cancer – all-staff briefing

All staff are invited to a Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital briefing next week on Wednesday 27 October from 13:00. You will hear a project update and learn more about the role of research in the hospital and our work on co-production with patients.
Meeting ID: 939 0077 9401
Passcode: 183984

We look forward to seeing you there, but if you are unable to make it, we will share a link to the recording afterwards.

NHSX artificial intelligence project opportunity

The #NHSAILab Skunkworks team at NHSX has opened the next round of their problem-sourcing initiative, an opportunity to have your health and care challenges turned into a 12-week artificial intelligence (AI) project.

If you have an issue that is hindering patient care, blocking knowledge-sharing, or causing excessive time-wasting, could AI make a difference? Read some project examples here.

You can find details on how to apply by visiting the NHSX website, or joining the AI Virtual Hub on the FutureNHS platform. Applications close 31 October 2021.

Paralympian Jonnie Peacock gives support to PaNDR

Jonnie Peacock, paralympian and former CUH patient, is supporting our specialist ambulance service for babies and children, as it launches 24/7 in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The regional paediatric and neonatal decision support and retrieval team (PaNDR), based here at CUH, has teams of critical care doctors and nurses on standby to transfer seriously unwell children into intensive care units across the east of England, and home again. Read more about Jonnie’s support on our website.

Fire alarm testing – Thursday 21 October

Testing of the fire alarm evacuation signal (continuous signal) will be carried out tomorrow, Thursday 21 October, from 06:00-07:30 in outpatients and clinics levels 1-4.

The signal that will be activated will be continuous. Whilst testing the evacuation signal the fire alarms in adjacent areas may sound the intermittent signal. All areas will be notified prior to the commencement of the testing and upon its completion with members of the testing team walking the area.

It is important during this period that any area where the fire alarm operates where you have not been notified of the fire alarm test, you must prepare to implement your emergency plan and investigate the cause of the fire alarm activation. If no cause for the fire alarm activation can be found, then please call 01223 348585 for confirmation that it is linked to the fire alarm testing.

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Inclusive language helps create inclusive workplaces. Including your pronouns (how you like others to describe you) in your email signature, on Zoom or when you introduce yourself makes it easier for those who are trans or non-binary to share their pronouns. Please take action today, on International Pronouns Day, and share your pronouns. Common pronouns are she/her/hers, he/him/his or they/them/theirs, among others. #PronounsDay  #Together