Hospital trust comes up top in flu vaccine uptake
The hospital trust that runs the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal hospitals vaccinated more of its staff against flu than any other NHS trust in the region.
Nearly 64 per cent of staff involved in direct patient care chose to receive the flu vaccine this year, a four per cent increase from the previous year and four per cent more than other NHS trusts in the Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire area.
Over 3,000 members of acute trust staff working across the county were vaccinated over winter. This included 414 doctors and 928 qualified nurses. The trust also vaccinated 93 per cent of support staff, with 1,379 members of other support teams involved in patient care receiving the vaccine.
Cath Allen, Specialist Nurse Practitioner in Occupational Health helps run the trust’s flu campaign each year. The campaign focuses on dispelling myths about the flu vaccine and promoting the reasons staff should be vaccinated. This year the Occupational Health team set up special ‘flu hubs’ in popular staff areas, allowing staff to get the vaccine at a time and location convenient to them.
She said “It’s great to see so many staff willingly volunteer for the vaccine. It’s such a positive way for us as healthcare workers to protect ourselves, our families and our patients from this seasonal illness.
“We’re hoping to continue this trend and encourage even more staff this winter. Just two years ago only 35 per cent of our staff were vaccinated, so we can see our efforts are really making a difference.”