Incident status update

We are currently caring for 72 patients with Covid-19; 9 of those are in critical care. There are 22 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Occupational Health Covid-19 staff guidance

The national guidance on COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings was changed on 11 January. Trust guidance has been updated to reflect it and can be accessed at COVID-19 staff guidance from Occupational Health.

Important changes are:

The advice for health and social care staff who have a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result has changed. They are no longer required to have a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. There are some exceptions which are detailed in the guidance.

The advice on LFD testing and return to work after Covid-19 infection is expanded.

The advice for health and social care staff returning to England from another country has also changed. Staff entering from any country not on the red list are no longer required to take a daily LFD test until day 10 after return from travel (regulations in relation to travel can be accessed at: Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19) )

Asymptomatic PCR swabs
It has been identified that a number of staff asymptomatic swabs are arriving at the laboratory with ward samples rather than being put into the bin at the testing pod. These have not been identified and prioritised as staff samples and so results have been delayed.

Please take completed swabs into the red bins at the testing pods located near to S2. The bins are accessible 24 hours a day seven days a week.

QSiS maintenance notice – Thursday 13 January

System maintenance is due to be carried out to the QSiS database on Thursday 13 January 2021 at 11:00 for one hour. During this time the service will be unavailable.

Please use the backup submission form here for incidents occurring during this time. If an SI 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.

Reminder: Food provision for staff

We would like to remind you of the provision in place for staff working in red wards, and for staff working during the night.

Provision for staff working in red areas is as follows:

  • Sandwiches are provided directly to red wards/areas for lunch and supper in addition to any patient meals.
  • Staff are welcome to access any remaining hot and chilled food items from the patient catering trolley after the patient meal service has concluded.  Please ensure staff are only served once the meal service has concluded for all patients.

Out of hours meal service – Costa

To support staff working during the night, in addition to the options available from the core Costa offer, staff can purchase a hot cooked meal through the Costa outlet overnight from 19:00 onwards. Please ask at the counter for the daily menu. This service is not available for patients or visitors.

Last few days and places for upcoming nursing apprenticeship opportunities (adult pathway only)

Calling all healthcare support workers (HCSWs). Have you always had the aspiration to become a registered nurse? Been inspired by your colleagues to consider a career in nursing? If so, the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship pathway is for you.

This is an exciting opportunity for committed HCSWs, seeking career progression, to develop your skills and knowledge through the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship. The Nursing Apprenticeship Pathway lets you study part-time with the university whilst being employed as a HCSW. You will earn and learn without the worry of accumulating significant student debt. There is no upper age limit on joining us as an Apprentice either.

We have a few additional places available on our May 2022 cohort, although applications close very soon, so please get in quickly! Please email to request an application form.

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Apprenticeship Pathway, you will be guaranteed promotion to a nurse awaiting pin. On receipt of your Nursing and Midwifery Council pin you will become a band 5 newly qualified registered nurse.

Reminder: Covid-19 vaccinations

Covid-19 vaccinations (1st, 2nd, 3rd and booster doses) can be booked via the National Booking Service.

The vaccination clinic at the Deakin Centre is also running two ‘Pfizer Friday’ sessions – details below. These Friday sessions are open to the general public, as well as CUH staff, to book through the National Booking Service.

  • Friday 14 January: 08:00-16:00
  • Friday 21 January: 08:00-16:00

The 1:1 confidential sessions with CUH experts answering your Covid-19 vaccines queries will continue to take place at the Deakin Centre until 27 January. Full details are on the staff portal.

Stagecoach – strike action update

You may have seen reports of ongoing discussions between Stagecoach and Unions regarding driver pay. They have advised us that if there is any strike action it will not be before 28 January. We will update you as we hear more.

Ground-breaking cancer study wins cash injection

One of our research teams has won a £140,000 cash boost towards a ground-breaking study aimed at finding new treatments for a rare cancer that affects children and young people.

The Paediatric, Adolescent, Wild-type Syndromic Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (PAWS-GIST) Consortium will receive the funding from Sarcoma UK and GIST Cancer UK, making it the first research collaboration between the two charities. Read more on the CUH website.

Professor Sharon Peacock awarded the MRC Millennium Medal

Congratulations to Sharon Peacock, non-executive director, who has been awarded the Medical Research Council’s most prestigious prize for her pioneering work and leadership in tracking Covid variants during the pandemic.

Professor Peacock said: “The medal and the science that it acknowledges has resulted from the commitment, expertise and creativity of a very large number of people that I have had the privilege to work with.” Read more on the CUH website.