Incident status update

We are currently caring for 60 patients with Covid-19; 11 of those are in critical care. The data for inpatients awaiting Covid-19 test results is currently unavailable. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Epic upgrade – new version of Epic is now ‘live’

At 05:35 yesterday morning, Epic Nov. 2020 went ‘live’ across the Trust.

  • Please log into Epic PRD using your existing Epic username and password.
  • If you do not see the Epic PRD icon in Citrix, or the icon does not load Epic, please refresh your apps in Citrix (tip sheet) – if after refreshing you still experience issues, please call the IT service desk.
  • BYOD users: if you have Epic icons added through Citrix Secure Hub these will need to be removed and re-added to your phone/tablet to enable access to Epic Nov. 2020.

The playground system (PLY) remains available for you to practise workflows and functionality – please use the generic role-based log in details on Connect to access the playground.

If you experience any issues, or you require support with the new version, please contact the IT service desk via the IT service portal or call x257257 / 01223 257257.

Update to staff Covid-19 contact isolation process

All staff who have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 (other than at work when wearing recommended PPE) must contact occupational health (OH) to ensure correct self-isolation advice and dates are issued to the staff member and their line manager – or 01223 216767.

After careful consideration of risk-benefit, Trust policy has been updated to allow staff who are household contacts of someone with Covid-19 to return to work.

The approach below applies to all staff who have been in contact with someone positive for Covid-19, irrespective of whether this was within or outside their household. This is in accordance with national guidance on NHS staff self-isolation and return to work following Covid-19 contact.

Return to work is only allowed if all of the criteria below are fulfilled:

  • Fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks since second dose)
  • Asymptomatic
  • Negative PCR since the contact – staff must stay off work until they receive their negative result
  • Negative lateral flow test every day before work for 10 days – this must be reported to Test and Trace:
  • For household contacts, an additional negative PCR will be required on day 5 after the contact’s positive test – work prior to this is permitted, as long as the above are all fulfilled
  • Continue to use infection protection and control measures in line with current UK and Trust guidance
  • There is somewhere available where breaks can be taken for drinks or food in isolation from colleagues

If permitted to remain at work, the staff member must not undertake care of severely immunosuppressed patients. This means they cannot work in the following areas:
ANTS, PaNDR, C2, C5, C9, C10, D5, D9, E10, F5HDU, G5, dialysis units, haematology day unit, oncology day unit or any other adult or paediatric area where oncology/haematology/transplant patients are managed.

Staff members who are currently excluded from work due to a household contact positive and are on day 5 or more of their self-isolation, are advised to do a PCR test and contact OH to discuss their return to work.

Staff members who are less than 5 days into their self-isolation are advised to book a PCR test for day 5 and, once the result is available, contact OH to discuss their return to work.

The OH Covid response team can be contacted via or 01223 216767.

Catch up on the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital project

If you missed the all-staff briefing for the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital last week, you can watch it online here.

Dr Hugo Ford gave an update on the project’s progress, Professor Richard Gilbertson spoke about the role of research in the hospital, and our patient advisory co-chairs presented on the importance of co-production.

Please take a look and contact Sophie Taylor if you have any feedback or questions about the project.

International Day of Radiology

Today, Monday 08 November, the CUH imaging directorate is celebrating the International Day of Radiology, together with radiology professionals all over the world.

The aim of the Day is to improve awareness of the value of radiology in patient safety and the vital role radiologists and radiographers play in healthcare. This year’s theme is ‘Interventional radiology – active care for the patient’.

CUH provides a wide range of interventional radiology services, from stroke treatment to tissue diagnosis, and has consistently achieved Exemplar Status, awarded by the British Society of Interventional Radiology, since 2014.

Today is also the 9th anniversary of the radiology day unit (RDU), which first opened on 08 November 2012 to support patients and reduce unnecessary overnight hospitalisations.

To date, over 12,000 patients have been cared for in the unit and the team has seen various successes, including two Transforming Care Awards and consistently positive patient feedback. Congratulations to everyone in the RDU team and thank you for your hard work and dedication.

More information about International Day of Radiology is available here.

Cycle safety

Now that the nights are drawing in, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have bicycle lights and that they are in good working order.

Remember that you must use bicycle lights when riding on a public road, cycle path or public place between sunset and sunrise (including the busway). It is also recommended to use lights in conditions of reduced visibility during the day.

The Cam Cycle poster, available on Connect here, is a really helpful resource to help you know where your lights and reflectors should be affixed so that you may be seen and to not dazzle others.

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 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