The staff flu campaign is back and we are asking colleagues to help us continue the NHS' 75th birthday celebrations by getting their flu jan as soon as possible.
It’s our birthday and you’re all invited (to get your jabs)
Colleagues are encouraged to have their jabs via their flu champion in the first instance but those who are unable to do this can have it at one of the drop-in sessions, which will be in different locations throughout the trust.
Don’t worry, there are no bouncers on the door checking if your name is on the list – no booking is needed, just turn up with your NHS number and assignment number.
To make it easier for you, a timetable of the staff drop-in sessions has been published on the trust’s website.
Chief nurse Hilary Lloyd said: “Firstly, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for all that you continue to do for our patients, service users and each other.
“Your commitment to patient care continues to shine through for our patients and communities.
“I now have an important request of you. It’s that time of year again when we take up arms against the dreaded flu virus.
“Whether you’re on the front-line or are one of our dedicated colleagues working behind the scenes, I urge you to get your jab this October.”
She added: “We understand that some people remain reluctant to roll up their sleeves. If you don’t normally get your jab for whatever reason, please challenge yourself to do so this year – our occupational health department is on hand to answer any questions you
You can still be a flu carrier even if you have no symptoms and you have the best protection if you develop immunity before flu starts circulating.
So why not get your jab early to protect your patients, colleagues and loved ones.
Let’s get winter strong together
As well as getting your flu jab, staff are encouraged to get their latest
COVID-19 booster this winter.
Chief medical officer Michael Stewart said: “Every winter, thousands die from flu and people can still get very ill or die from COVID-19. Catching both viruses at the same time increases the risk of serious illness even further.
“As a frontline health professional, you’re more likely to be exposed to these viruses. And of course, they can also be passed on to the people you care for – which is why I would encourage you to get your flu jab and COVID-19 booster as soon as possible.”