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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: occupational.health@southend.nhs.uk.