Flu champions at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating after vaccinating 80.4% of frontline healthcare staff this year – a trust record!
The previous record across The James Cook University Hospital, Friarage Hospital and the trust’s community services was 76.9% in 2016-17.
This year the team hit the road with its “Getting to you before the flu” campaign to provide flu jabs at more places than ever before.
This was made possible thanks to new flu champions from Thirsk, Bedale, Leyburn, Northallerton, Stokesley and Richmond district nursing teams and continued support from champions at Unity House. Visits were also made to Priory Woods School, Kirkleatham School, Daisy Lane, Low Grange and West Acklam Centre to reach community staff.
Public Health England estimates that around 8,000 people die from flu in England each year. Some years that figure reaches 14,000. All trust staff are actively encouraged to have the vaccination every year to protect their patients, themselves and their families.
Occupational health manager Jude Cooper said: “It’s fantastic that we achieved such a high uptake ensuring protection of our staff, patients and relatives. We had support from all levels of the organisation including our senior leadership team, used a range of strategies for communication and staff engagement increased our accessibility for hard to reach staff groups.”
The successful campaign also gained nation recognition with the trust shortlisted for the NHS Flu Fighter Awards in two categories this year.
Flu campaign coordinator Lynn Kell added: “This is a fantastic achievement. Thank you to all of our flu champions for helping to make this year’s campaign our most successful yet and all our staff for ensuring our patients are safe when in our care.”