Flu champion Veronica helps vaccinate over 200 staff
18 December 2018
Getting your flu jab may seem time consuming when you work on a busy ward but Flu Champion, Veronica Awotwi, is helping to combat the time constraints by visiting staff on the wards, even during their night shifts.
Veronica is a familiar face to many
having started her career as a healthcare assistant at Southend
Hospital and then completing her nurses training and spending four
years working as a staff nurse on the respiratory unit. Now a
community practice nurse, Veronica still returns to the Trust on
bank and is one of the hospital's much valued Flu Champions.
Veronica said: "This is my fourth year of
being a flu champion at the hospital and it's so nice to see so
many familiar faces. In October I vaccinated 200 members of staff
and that number continues to rise. It can be a challenging job, but
it's enjoyable and rewarding."
Eric Balangon, Occupational Health
Immunisation Nurse said: "We currently have 11 active Flu Champions
at Southend and we're very grateful to Veronica for her continued
support during the flu seasons. All of our flu champions are there
to help provide the flu vaccine to those who need it and who might
not be able to leave the busy wards. They also act as role models
challenging the myths on getting the flu jab and help to educate
our staff, encouraging them to get protected."
If you're interested in becoming a Flu Champion to help protect
your colleagues and patients from the flu virus, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.