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Staff at Derby Hospitals win flu fighter award

Published 20/02/2014
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Staff at Derby Hospitals have won a national award for increasing the uptake in flu vaccinations for front line staff.

More than three-quarters of nurses, doctors and other health professionals working in the city’s two hospitals have been vaccinated this winter, a 30% increase on the previous year’s figure.

"This is a huge achievement for Derby and for our patients and staff who have a greater chance of staying safe and healthy with a workforce protected against flu. This success has truly been a result of teamwork across a number of different groups including occupational health, workforce, nursing and union representatives, as well as others, and it’s a great example of the commitment of our staff here in Derby” said Karen Martin, Derby Hospitals’ Director of Workforce Management.

The big increase in the numbers of staff having a flu jab has resulted in Derby Hospitals winning the 'Most improved flu fighter campaign' category at the annual NHS Employers Flu Fighter Awards ceremony which took place in Leeds last night.

“We recognise how serious flu is, especially for some of our vulnerable patients, and we have run early morning and evening vaccination clinics to make it easy for staff to get their flu jabs” said Tracy Orlandi, Derby Hospitals’ Head of Occupational Health “

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For further information, please contact:

Amanda Wells
Communications and Media Manager
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
amanda.wells4@nhs.net
01332 786947
07799 337677

Last Modified 20/02/2014