Incident status update

We are currently caring for 69 patients with Covid-19; 7 of those are in critical care. There are 8 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Routine bacteriology services – status update

The impact of Covid pressures and staff absences remain very high.

The measures introduced just before Christmas have made a positive impact in the laboratory and many of our bacteriology results are now being reported in a timely manner. We hope this anticipated improvement is having a beneficial impact on patient care.

However, as the simultaneous impact of significant reduced workload through the extended bank holidays is difficult to gauge, it has been deemed necessary to maintain the current measures as outlined in the previous communication until Sunday 09 January 2022. We will review the situation again on Monday 10 January and provide a further update.

Please continue to send samples requiring analysis promptly following collection and ensure they are labelled accurately with correct collection date.

We thank you for your understanding and patience and apologise for any continuing adverse impact on patient care.

If you have any comments, concerns or require further information please contact:
Martin Strickland, microbiology laboratory manager,, Tel 01223 349796 (w) 07879 113831 (m).

Covid vaccination as a condition of deployment

It remains our expectation that all staff are vaccinated against Covid-19, unless they are medically exempt. As you may know, the Government has announced plans to make the Covid-19 vaccination (comprising first and second doses) mandatory for workers aged 18 and over, who have direct, face to face contact with service users.

This will include front-line workers, as well as non-clinical workers not directly involved in patient care, but who nevertheless may have direct, face to face contact with patients, such as receptionists, ward clerks, porters and cleaners.

We have written to all staff who we do not have a record of Covid vaccination for to outline the potential impact this may have on them. Hard copy letters and emails were sent to these staff members last week.

If you have not yet been fully vaccinated with your first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and would like to discuss any questions or concerns you have, please email and we can help to facilitate a discussion with one of our experienced and compassionate clinicians.

We will also be running a webinar with a Q&A on Friday or you can attend one of the 1:1 sessions with a CUH expert (details are below).

Covid-19 vaccine Q&A – Friday 07 January

All staff are invited to attend a Covid-19 vaccine Q&A session with CUH experts on Friday 07 January, 08:15-09:00.

The session will be held via Zoom and the staff Facebook group. A recording of the session will also be made available on the staff portal.

Questions can be submitted in advance to and these can be asked anonymously on your behalf.

Join Zoom webinar
Meeting ID: 276722

Answering your Covid vaccines queries – 1:1 sessions

We would like to invite staff who have worries and queries about the Covid-19 vaccine to attend a one to one, confidential, conversation with a CUH expert.

You don’t need to book – these will be run as drop in sessions in the Deakin Centre on the dates below. When you arrive just let the team know that you are there for the 1:1 session and you’ll be guided to the right place. Please note that you may have to wait to be seen.

The next two dates are below. Full details are on the staff portal.

  • Monday 10 January 09:30-12:30 with Dr Devan Vaghela, Specialist Registrar in Infection
  • Tuesday 11 January 09:00-12:00 with Mrs Reem Santos, Lead Pharmacist Antimicrobials

Temporary change to fit note period

To relieve pressure on GPs there is a temporary change to the period staff can self-certify sickness. From 10 December 2021 a GP fit note will only be required after 28 days of sickness absence (rather than 7 days). Usual sickness reporting processes remain in place and a self-certification form will be required for the entire period of sickness. We are expecting this change to be in place until the end of January.

Sickness absence prior to 10 December
For any sickness that commenced before 10 December 2021 staff should continue to report on-going sickness in line with the normal processes to their line manager. Where possible, staff should provide a GP fit note, and keep their line manager updated should there be any delays in getting this.

Catch up with the Cambridge Children’s Hospital project

If you missed the Cambridge Children’s Hospital (CCH) all staff briefing before Christmas, you can watch it online and also read the Q&A from the session.

The latest newsletter from the project has also been published online.

Stagecoach – potential strike action

As some of you will have seen in the media, Stagecoach are in negotiation with Union representatives in regards to driver pay. Following discussions with Stagecoach East, the Unite union has confirmed that planned industrial action by its members in Cambridge and Fenstanton has been suspended. This means that bus services in Cambridge and Fenstanton will operate as planned. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

You Made a Difference – Janet Watts

Congratulations to Janet Watts (pictured above), staff nurse at our Ely day surgery unit, who is one of our November You Made a Difference (YMAD) winners! An extract from Janet’s nomination said: “Janet’s leadership in managing a difficult floor, her flexibility and work ethic are truly exemplary”. Read more about how Janet ‘made a difference’ on the CUH website.

Our YMAD awards reward and recognise both individual staff members and whole teams in the CUH family who have gone above and beyond, both in patient facing and non-patient facing roles. Anyone can make a nomination: staff, patients and visitors. We would love to see members of staff and teams nominated from across the organisation for making a difference in their unique area of work.

All nominations can be made using the form on the CUH website.