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Laurence Cawley, Phil Shepka, Orla Moore and Stuart Bailey

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  1. That's it for our day at Addenbrooke's

    So, we've come to the end of our 12 hours of live coverage from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

    We've spent the day meeting patients and staff, hearing how they coped during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and about their hopes for the future.

    Thanks for joining us and for sharing your stories.

    Ronald Jaffray

    It seems only right we give the last word to one man who's been at the hospital non-stop, throughout the past three-and-a-half challenging months.

    Ronald Jaffray, 77, arrived in May with a collapsed lung and is still recovering from complications.

    He said: "I don't know when I'm going to go home. I can't fault the nursing staff but I miss my little dog. She's a 10-year-old Yorkshire terrier and is living with a friend at the moment. She's my life."

  2. Cambridge Covid testing 'a fantastic effort'

    We've heard a lot today about how Addenbrooke's has coped with huge demand for Covid-19 tests, both for patients and staff, throughout the pandemic.

    A senior boss at Cambridge University Hospitals has hailed the way its staff have worked with the Public Health Laboratory (PHE) and the University of Cambridge to make that happen.

    Brian Warner

    Operations manager Brian Warner said a 24/7 rapid Covid test facility was set up "within days" for patients arriving in A&E.

    He said: "The PHE laboratory in Cambridge increased its testing capacity and vastly reduced its turnaround time to support all the patients within the trust.

    "Plus the University of Cambridge, set up a laboratory to manage the testing and repeat testing of all staff on the CUH site.

    "A fantastic effort, by many dedicated organisations and the staff within them."

  3. Children's hospital plans 'really exciting'

    It's been a busy day for Dr Kanwalraj Moar, who we spoke to earlier.

    She's the director of women's and children's service and is in charge of the Rosie Maternity Hospital but was back in the operating theatre today.

    In between surgery on babies with cleft lips, she's been in meetings about the new children's hospital planned for the site.

    She said: "It's something really exciting. It'll allow us to put all the care that's spread out, into one place.

    "It's a zone designed for children, it's meant for children and is only for them.

    "We're the only region in the country that doesn't have that, and we should."

    Dr Kanwalraj Moar
  4. Covid 'fear factor' keeping people away from hospital

    Sarah Randall.

    Anxiety about catching Covid-19 has meant many people have put off seeing a doctor about important health issues to avoid going to hospital.

    That's the fear of Sarah Randall, a deputy head of nursing at Addenbrooke's.

    She said: "Some of the evidence suggests people have become poorly at home. There's anxiety for patients not wanting to come to a hospital because of the fear factor around that."

    The hospital has sent outreach teams to patients with respiratory problems to check on their wellbeing.

  5. A birthing room with a view

    Phil Shepka

    BBC News

    I’ve come back to the adjoining Rosie Maternity Hospital. Specifically, birthing room number six.

    It's full of all the equipment you could need during birth, including a bed, a water bath and a Bluetooth speaker set masquerading as a lava lamp.

    Birthing room.

    Expectant mums often have the option of choosing a room leading out to the garden, like this view from birthing room three.

    View from birthing room window.
  6. The hairdresser fixing lockdown cuts

    Heidi Natijanic

    You might not expect a hospital to have a senior stylist, but there's been a hair salon in Addenbrooke's for more than 30 years.

    Like the rest of the staff, Heidi Natijanic is having to get used to doing her job dressed in personal protective equipment.

    Since it reopened after lockdown on 4 July, Heidi's had a lot of haircut repair work to do.

    "We've had a lot of people come in who've tried to dye or cut their hair themselves. Some of the men look like Dr Einstein, it's been quite funny," she said.

    "We have lots of regular clients from the wards and it's been a great experience to come back and see them all again."

  7. Hospital boss 'shocked' at positive Covid-19 test

    About 7,000 Addenbrooke's staff have been tested for Covid-19 antibodies, which can show whether a person has had the virus.

    About 8% of those tested positive, including the hospital's director of corporate affairs.

    Ian Walker said: "I've been working throughout the period and had no suggestion of even the mildest of Covid symptoms, so it was a real surprise and a shock."

    Ian Walker

    Ian added he had been wearing masks, keeping his distance from others and holding meetings via video calls during that time.

    He's now taking part in a study looking at whether antibodies offer protection from getting the virus again.

  8. Covid test lab preparing for possible rise in demand

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    Video caption: Covid test lab preparing for possible rise in demand

    About 1,000 Covid-19 tests a day end up in this lab. Even though they're over the peak, senior biomedical scientist Paul Lavender said they're now busy putting plans in place for a possible increase in suspected cases over winter.

  9. Clare walks the wards for staff testing

    Healthcare assistant Clare Munday is a familiar face on the wards.

    Since April, she's put in the steps delivering and collecting test swabs for staff - then preparing them for processing in the labs.


    She delivers about 150 a day, and today has visited six different areas of the hospital.

    Staff should get their results in a couple of days.

  10. 'We've had no Covid-19 in staff since the beginning of June'


    Michael Weekes is an infectious diseases consultant here at Addenbrooke's Hospital and has a laboratory at Cambridge University.

    There are two streams of staff coming to the pods for testing: those with symptoms, about 30 to 50 a day, and general tests of staff without symptoms, around 250 a day.

    And he has good news.

    "We have had no positive Covid-19 test results here since the beginning of June," he said.

    "However, we need to keep testing to see if it comes back. It's an early warning system for us."

  11. 'You need to see people's expressions'

    Tim Machin is waiting for an X-ray after experiencing chest pain during his treatment for leukaemia.


    "Outpatients is like a second home, part of my actual normal - as opposed to the new normal," he said.

    "Wearing masks doesn't seem to be an issue but it is difficult to see full expressions on faces.

    "I'd like GPs and hospitals to adopt video conferencing all the time so patients can see their professionals face-to-face, albeit not in the same room."

  12. Your stories: 'Shout out to the ambulance cleaners'

    Addenbrooke's entrance.

    Kate got in touch to tell us about the treatment her son received at the hospital when he had a brain tumour removed in February.

    She said: "We have been back since for MRI scans and eye appointments and each time Addenbrooke's has been amazing.

    "It’s like a different place with the amount of people but the quality remains unchanged."

    Meanwhile, Toby wanted to say: "Shout out to the ambulance cleaners at Addenbrooke's keeping the rate of infections down."

  13. 'We were beside ourselves'

    Phil Shepka

    BBC News

    "Stopping services was easy, restarting them has been the difficult part," James Brennan, in imaging tells me.

    James is head of radiology.


    "When we had to cancel non-essential and routine imaging, tens of thousands of appointments were put on hold," he said.

    "We were beside ourselves."

  14. Your stories: 'I haven’t had a night’s sleep in months'

    Martine Smith has contacted us to say she has been on the waiting list for orthopaedic surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital since the autum.

    It follows complications after she broke her femur almost five years ago.

    Her operation was set for May but had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    "In the meantime, I continue to take huge amounts of painkillers... and my walking is now almost non-existent," she says.

    "I haven’t had a night’s sleep in months because of the pain and still the surgery looks no closer. The impact on my day to day life is huge.

    "I don’t blame the orthopaedic department - the skill and care is absolutely first class but surely Covid cases can be isolated in one part of hospital to enable to rest of the departments to operate as normal.

    "This makes no sense to me."

  15. Sue feeling 'very secure' during cancer treatment

    Sue Ross

    Sue Ross, 58, a medical secretary at Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely, is having her second chemotherapy session.

    She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June and has felt "very secure and well looked-after" at the hospital but missed seeing her two daughters during lockdown.

    She said: "It's hard going to an appointment on your own but my husband was allowed to take part in the consultation by speakerphone from a distance, which worked well."

  16. Telemedicine: The new look hospital appointment

    This is what "telemedicine" looks like.


    Little Rowan Walter and his mum Sarah are catching up with the cleft team.

    The three-year-old was born with a cleft lip and palate, and has been undergoing speech therapy from the age of 18 months.

    "Face-to-face is better with something like speech, but this is the best the hospital can offer," Sarah told us.

    "The support has been brilliant. I'm so grateful to Addenbrooke's and the cleft team for everything they've done."

  17. 'Incredible changes kept cancer treatments going'

    Hospitals quickly adapted to cope with an influx of Covid-19 patients, but other life-saving treatments have had to continue too.

    Addenbrooke's Hospital gets about 280 cancer referrals per month but the number of chemotherapy spaces was cut from 40 to 23 to space patients out during the pandemic.

    Sarah Jefferies, clinical director for cancer, said they "kept the same capacity going" by extending treatment hours during the day and opening at weekends.

    They also reacted quickly to a breast cancer study, which said some patients could be treated safely over a week, rather than three.

    Sarah Jeffries.

    She said: "Managing these departments through the pandemic has been my greatest challenge as a doctor.

    "We've seen incredible changes and I have been massively impressed by all of my staff from receptionists to consultants."

  18. 'Members of procurement team are the unsung heroes'

    Dr Liam Brennan is a consultant anaesthetist who also heads up the hospital's PPE procurement.


    "This was something we were all unfamiliar with, the experience of managing patients during a pandemic, and making sure we had the right PPE in the right places," he said.

    Masks, like their wearers, come in all shapes and sizes.

    "Certain types have to be fitted to their specific staff member - we have to accommodate everyone," he said.

    "And it's not just protective equipment - it's all the extra things, like ventilators.

    "Covid hasn't gone away. But we're ready for it now - we're more resilient."

  19. Transplant check-ups were 'worrying at first'

    Daniel Wotherspoon

    Daniel Wotherspoon has needed regular check-ups since his kidney and pancreas transplant in November 2018.

    The 37-year-old said it was "worrying at first" to come to hospital while shielding but he quickly got used to it and felt reassured.

    He said: "There aren't many people in the waiting rooms because they're spacing out appointments. It seems to be working well. It's making a big difference."

  20. Nursing in a pandemic 'a rollercoaster of emotions'

    It was a baptism of fire for nurse Sarah Thurston, who started her new job in outpatients as the covronavirus pandemic took hold.

    She said: "We are quite a resilient lot anyway and we're used to adapting to change.

    "But it's the first time in our careers when we've had to think about ourselves and our own safety, rather than just thinking about our patients."

    Sarah Thurston

    She previously worked as a surgery nurse and had to get used to a new role and a new team while dealing with changes brought in because of Covid-19.

    "I felt safe, we had enough protective equipment and procedures in place to isolate covid patients. But it's been a rollercoaster of emotions," she said.