The Infection Prevention team at University Hospitals of North Midlands are celebrating after vaccinating more than 7,000 staff against the potentially deadly flu virus this winter. The team have now reached their target of vaccinating more than 75% of the entire workforce.
This year 7,668 members of staff have been vaccinated, the highest ever number for UHNM, this also follows news from a recent report by Public Health England, which highlighted that currently UHNM is the fifth highest nationally in terms of the number of vaccinations delivered.
Emyr Phillips, Deputy Director for Infection Prevention, said: "Thanks to the hard work of our vaccinators, the Trust has hit its target much faster than ever before. It's incredibly important that our staff are routinely vaccinated every year and the Trust puts the care of its patients and staff first. This year the Trust had flu vaccinators and flu champions based in all our clinical areas, this undoubtedly made a difference in helping us to protect our patients and to reach our target."
Liz Rix, Chief Nurse, said: "I'd like to offer my congratulations and my thanks to the vaccination team for their hard work once again this year. As health professionals, we need to protect those who are most vulnerable and by getting the flu jab, it dramatically reduces the risk of the virus being spread in our hospitals."