Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ annual staff flu vaccination campaign has now started.
The Trust’s seasonal flu immunisation programme is a key part of helping to maintain the health and wellbeing of staff, protecting patients and delivering robust and resilient health and care services to patients throughout the year.
Flu vaccination remains the best way to protect people from flu. It is therefore crucial that staff are vaccinated to protect themselves, colleagues, patients and their families and prevent the virus from spreading.
Last year the Trust achieved the national target for 75% of frontline staff needing to be vaccinated. The Trust also vaccinated 72% of the entire workforce which was one of the best figures in the NHS.
This year the Trust is aiming to maintain and improve this standard and ensure as many members of staff as possible are vaccinated across acute and community settings by the end of December.
In the past couple of years divisions have run their own vaccination programmes successfully, so this approach will remain the same. Staff who work in the community, unscheduled care, scheduled care, or clinical support divisions (where there is a vaccinator) will be vaccinated by a trained member of staff in the area.
Directorates will advise colleagues on where and when the flu vaccine will be available and up to date rotas will also be available on the flu vaccination intranet site, which can be accessed via the home page of the Trust intranet.
The Occupational Health department has the responsibility for vaccinating people in the following areas: corporate staff; clinical support and facilities management staff; student groups; volunteers and the National Artificial Eye Service (NAES).
To book a vaccination with Occupational Health members of staff can contact them on 01253 657950.
They hold sessions that can be booked on most afternoons and they are holding a drop-in session on October 13 between 11am and 1pm in the department.
There are also drop-in sessions at the Restaurant, at BVH, on October 18 and 25 between 11am and 1.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Flu clinics and rotas are advertised on the front page of the Trust Intranet and details will also be included in this year’s flu video, which will be launched shortly.
The Trust’s Medical Director, Professor Mark O’Donnell, and Director of Nursing, Marie Thompson, thanked everyone and said they looked forward to another successful campaign.
The NHS Employers’ FluFighter campaign can be followed on Twittter @NHSflufighter or go to the website: www.nhsemployers.org/campaigns/flu-fighter
Members of the public should contact their GP surgery to see if they are eligible for a flu jab.