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Over 75% of North Cumbria's hospital staff have had their flu vaccination this winter

Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2014
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Occupational Heath Nurses, Jaqui Roberts and Dawn Mahone

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has achieved its target of vaccinating 75% of hospital staff at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven by the end of December 2013.

With the highest uptake the Trust has ever seen, the staff across both hospitals have committed to protecting themselves, their patients and their families against flu this winter. The Trust has the highest staff uptake in the North East and Cumbria and is ranked as one of the top Trusts in England according to recent figures published by Public Health England.

The Trust has been actively encouraging all staff to be vaccinated as they have a crucial role to play in helping to ensure that everyone understands the importance of the vaccination programme.

Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch and for some people, especially the elderly, vulnerable patients in hospital and for those in ‘at risk’ groups, it can be very serious. A comprehensive flu vaccination campaign is essential for the hospital trust in order to eliminate the risk of flu spreading.

Dr Peter Weaving, GP Clinical Director at the Trust, said: “The uptake from our staff has been excellent this year. Our Occupational Health nurses have been and still are working exceptionally hard to ensure they visit every ward and department with the vaccine and our staff have been very enthusiastic about our campaign.

“Our frontline staff working in our hospitals are much more likely to be exposed to the flu virus; therefore it’s our priority to ensure they are vaccinated, not only to protect themselves, but also to stop the virus spreading to our vulnerable patients.

“We are also asking all staff to lead the way in encouraging those patients ‘at risk’ to contact their GP practice as soon as possible to arrange their free flu jab – it is not too late to be vaccinated. Those ‘at risk’ include people with asthma, diabetes, chronic conditions, pregnant women and people aged 65 or over.”

For more information about flu, visit www.nhs.uk/flu

For local winter health information, please visit www.choosewellcumbria.co.uk