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North Cumbria hospitals reach staff flu target

Posted on Thursday 8th December 2016
North Cumbria hospitals reach staff flu target

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) has reached its target of protecting staff, visitors and patients against the flu virus this winter thanks to the efforts of over three quarters of frontline staff in getting their free jab.

The free staff flu jab is part of a national ‘Flu Fighters’ campaign, which was launched at the end of September 2016. It encourages all NHS staff to receive a free flu jab to reduce the chance of spreading the virus to patients they care for at a time where people are most vulnerable to catching it.

The Trust has achieved a ‘CQUIN’ target of 75% of frontline staff receiving their jab before the end of December 2016. Occupational Health staff have been working day and night, holding drop-in clinics and visiting wards to vaccinate staff. NCUH will receive £372,000 as a result of the staff uptake.

Stephen Eames, chief executive, said: “Whilst it’s not possible to fully predict the strains that will circulate in any given season, flu vaccination remains the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. Everyone who has received their jab this year has made a difference in ensuring viruses are kept to an absolute minimum within our hospitals.

“I’d like to thank all staff who have received their jabs in helping us achieve this target, and in particular I’d also like to thank our Occupational Health team who’ve worked round the clock to make sure people are being protected against flu. Staff having the jab is fundamentally important, given the nature of their work and the amount of people they come into contact with, and although we have reached our desired target, we will be working throughout December to increase uptake even further.”