Incident status update

We are currently caring for 63 patients with Covid-19; 2 of those are in critical care. There are 7 inpatients waiting for Covid-19 test results.

Ending self-isolation period early – important information for line managers

This is an update to the information issued on 13 January, following changes to the national guidance from 17 January.

The standard isolation period for staff is 10 days, return to work on day 11. Staff may be able to end their self-isolation period before the end of the 10 full days if they have two negative Lateral Flow Device tests (LFDs) 24 hrs apart with the first on day 5 or later (the day symptoms start or a positive asymptomatic swab is taken is day 0). This means that the earliest they could return to work would be on day 6 if they have a negative LFD test on day 5 and a further LFD test on day 6 before starting shift.

On receiving two negative tests 24 hrs apart, a staff member can return before day 11 under the following conditions – these must be discussed and confirmed by the line manager before the member of staff can return:

  • Symptoms have resolved or are only cough or altered taste/smell.
  • They should continue to undertake daily LFD tests on days 7, 8, 9 and 10. If any of these LFD test results are positive the staff member should isolate and should wait 24 hours before taking the next LFD test. Two further tests, at least 24 hours apart, are required to return to work before day 11. Line managers are required to keep a record of daily test results for all of their staff.
  • On days the staff member is working, the LFD test should be taken prior to beginning their shift, as close as possible to the start time.
  • Staff should not return to work early if they work with patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19. This includes the following areas – C2, C5, C9, C10, D5, D9, E10, F5, G5, dialysis units, haematology day unit, oncology day unit or any other adult or paediatric area where oncology / haematology / transplant (theatres and critical care areas are not included in this category).
  • If you work outside these areas but consider that patients you see may be severely immunosuppressed this should be discussed with the clinical lead ahead of returning to work.
  • For staff working in these specified areas, daily LFD testing should continue and they should not return to work until a single negative LFD test result is received. They can return from then after a single negative test or on day 15, even if the day 14 test is positive.
  • You must continue to comply with all relevant infection control precautions and PPE must be worn properly throughout the day.
  • If any of the above cannot be met, the staff member should not come to work and should follow the stay at home guidance for the full 10-day period.

Staff working outside of the high risk areas can return on day 11 even if the day 10 LFD is positive.

Pre-Operative Assessment is now located in T2

The Pre-Operative Assessment clinic is moving to T2 with effect from today, Monday 17 January.

This move creates capacity on L2 day surgery unit (DSU) and expands our day case and overnight stay work. This supports our elective surgical recovery programme, and further helps our most urgent cases and those who have been waiting much longer than we would like by relieving pressure on post-op inpatient beds. It also offers the opportunity for Pre-Assessment to grow and see more patients, which provides a longer lead in and optimisation for our surgical patients – we know the positive impact this has on expediting recovery and improving outcomes.

Please contact Graham Johnston if you have any questions.

Covid-19 vaccine and allergies Q&A – Tuesday 18 January

All staff are invited to attend a Covid-19 vaccine webinar focussing on questions around allergies on Tuesday 18 January, 13:30-14:00.

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.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 001353

Applications invited for Diversity Inclusion Panellists

The Trust is proud to currently have 30 trained Diversity Inclusion Panellists (DIPs). We continue to welcome further applications and new training sessions will be taking place this January, February and March. Please note that to attend the January training you will need to submit your application this week.

This is a vital role where you can make a huge difference and a rewarding opportunity you can undertake within your current role at CUH.

Please visit Connect to submit your Expression of Interest form now.

For further information please contact /

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

Wellbeing: Free financial wellbeing webinars

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System (ICS) Staff Support Hub is offering free one-hour financial wellbeing webinars, available for those who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector, or not-for-profit sector:

  • Tuesday 18 January 18:00-19:00 by The Money Charity – this advisory webinar is designed to help attendees manage their money better, stay on top of their finances and plan for the future
  • Monday 24 January 12:00-13:00 by Money Helper – this support webinar offers money and pensions guidance to help you feel secure and in control of your finances

More details about the Staff Support Hub are available on Connect and the staff portal.

Travel update: Stagecoach bus changes from 23 January

Changes to stopping arrangements of guided busway A
From Sunday 23 January changes will be made to the stopping arrangements of the Busway A services at Papworth Hospital:

  • Passengers are advised to please use the Papworth Hospital Green and Gardens stop directly outside the hospital for journeys towards Trumpington only
  • The stop on the opposite side of the road, outside the AstraZeneca building, should be used for journeys towards Cambridge Rail Station and Cambridge City Centre only

All other bus stops on the Biomedical Campus will be served as normal by Busway A buses, which will follow the normal line of route around the campus.

Cambridge bus timetable changes
From Sunday 23 January Stagecoach will also be introducing some timetable changes on Busway A services and other routes in the Cambridge network. See the Stagecoach website for full details.