Staff praised for flu fight­ing mea­sures

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

EAST Cheshire Hos­pice has won a pres­ti­gious award from the NHS for its suc­cess­ful flu vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign among staff and vol­un­teers last win­ter.

The hos­pice came top in the res­i­den­tial care cat­e­gory af­ter more than 70 per cent of its work­force were im­mu­nised.

Scores of en­tries were re­ceived for the Flu Fight­ers awards, with the hos­pice nom­i­nated by East Cheshire NHS Trust.

The en­try was praised by or­gan­is­ers as ‘fan­tas­tic and in­spir­ing.’

Judges were look­ing for a pi­o­neer­ing ap­proach to in­creas­ing flu vac­ci­na­tion up­take, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion and a lead­ing ex­am­ple of good prac­tice.

Ma­tron Emma Dixon said: “At the start of win­ter there’s al­ways great aware­ness na­tion­ally of the need for flu vac­ci­na­tions and we take great pride in our im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­gramme.

“It’s im­por­tant to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients, their car­ers and loved ones.

“More staff im­mu­nised means the best pos­si­ble care for our pa­tients and a grad­ual in­crease in our flu vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme means we now have a high an­nual tar­get.”

Joanne Yar­wood, Na­tional Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Pro­gramme lead for Pub­lic Health Eng­land, said: “It’s all about preven­tion and sav­ing lives.

“None of us will ever know who we have helped to stay well, nor whose life we have saved.

“How­ever, we can be sure that by be­ing vac­ci­nated and of­fer­ing vac­ci­na­tions to oth­ers, we will all have done both.”

●● From left: HR and vol­un­teer lead Clair Wat­son, ma­tron Emma Dixon and clin­i­cal co-or­di­na­tor Ju­lia Wild

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