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Injecting more into patient care – Sherwood Forest Hospitals prepares for staff flu vaccinations

30 September 2016

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is once again aiming to be one of the best Trusts in the East Midlands by vaccinating as many frontline staff as possible against flu.

Health professionals and other NHS staff who have direct contact with patients are encouraged to get vaccinated against flu each winter. The Trust has a robust programme of local activity dedicated to protecting its staff and patients from this highly contagious disease.

Rebecca Garner, Senior Nurse in the Occupational Health Department, said: “Sherwood Forest Hospitals takes patient safety very seriously and we will be working hard to encourage nurses, doctors and other frontline staff to get the flu jab.

“The vaccine is the best protection we have against this unpredictable and potentially very serious virus. It will help prevent staff from catching flu or passing the virus on to other staff and the patients in their care.”

A total of 59 nurses and midwives from all areas of the Trust have volunteered their time to be trained in administering the vaccinations. This has created a strong taskforce which will proactively vaccinate colleagues in clinical areas and at a number of “grab a jab” clinics over the three hospital sites.

Vaccinations are provided free of charge at a range of times and locations to suit all frontline staff, including night workers and those working in the community.

The Trust’s consistent and successful efforts to vaccinate as many staff as possible each year was recognised by Public Health East Midlands who have recommended other Trusts round the country follow this best practice.

Rebecca added: “The Trust exceeds national targets year on year. Last season the Trust successfully vaccinated more than 63 per cent of hospital staff, surpassing the national average of 50.4 per cent.

“Having the flu jab ensures staff are able to continue to provide the best care to their patients during our busiest time.”

The Trust is also urging local people to speak to their GPs or other health professionals about the vaccination. Some people can get this free of charge, including:

· Pregnant women

· Anyone with a long term condition including diabetes, asthma, kidney disease or heart or chest problems

· People undergoing medical treatment who may have a compromised immune system

· People who live in long-stay nursing or residential homes

· Carers who receive carers allowance

· People with a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy

· Pre-school children

· Everyone over the age of 65.

Leading by example are Deputy Chief Nurse Victoria Bagshaw and Outpatient Matron Mandy Toplis.

Flu Jab 2016