Staff praised for flu fighting measures
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