Staff at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust join forces to help beat the flu bug

Flu Vaccination
Staff at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust join forces to help beat the flu bug
28 October 2015

STAFF and volunteers at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s four hospitals and community services have been helping to beat the seasonal winter flu bug and protect patients thanks to a huge push to get themselves vaccinated.

Over the last month, staff at the Trust have been lining up in their hundreds to get jabbed and do their bit to provide safe patient care and protect their patients and their families.

In total more than 1,000 Trust staff have been vaccinated so far against seasonal flu at the Trust’s four hospitals - North Manchester General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and its community services in North Manchester and Rochdale borough.

The winter period is the busiest season at the Trust and staff having their flu jab helps to avoid staff sickness, which can place extra pressure on services.

The Trust’s annual staff seasonal flu vaccination programme is being led by the Trust’s two senior clinical leads - Gill Harris, the Trust’s Chief Nurse and Dr Anton Sinniah, Acting Medical Director.

Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“I can’t stress enough how important it is for health professionals to get their flu jab. If we take care of our own health it follows that we will be taking care of our patients’ health. By having the flu jab staff are making sure they are able to provide the best care to their patients, during our busiest season, while at the same time avoiding staff sickness, which adds additional pressure to the services we provide over winter. Having the flu jab helps to prevent a serious flu outbreak at our hospitals and in the local community.”

Influenza is dangerous, highly contagious and largely preventable. According to NHS Employers’ Flu Fighter campaign vaccination uptake in healthcare workers with direct patient care continues to increase, from 35% in 2010/11, 45% in 2011/12, 46 per cent in 2012/13 and 55% in 2013/14.

For further information about the flu vaccination, including who should have it, visit www.nhs.uk

If you are a member of the public and you would like to get vaccinated please ask your GP practice about the free flu jab.

Pictured: Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust having her flu jab with Allan Cordwell, the Trust’s Emergency Planning Manager