Fighting fit this flu season
01 October 2012
Staff at Southend University Hospital are gearing up for the
fight against flu this winter, with just one week to go before the
start of the main event.
Every year in the UK flu kills hundreds of people who are
elderly, very young or weakened by illness. Most NHS staff are less
at risk of serious harm from flu than their patients but they are
From next week the Trust's occupational health team will host a
programme of flu vaccine drop-in clinics for front line staff
across the hospital, making it easier than ever to get the jab.
Director of nursing, Sue Hardy and medical director, Dr Grahame
Tosh teamed up with staff from The Locker Room boxing gym to make
sure this year's flu campaign packs a punch.
"We see thousands of patients every year and some of them are
very poorly," said Sue. "I'm urging our frontline staff to get the
vaccine and do all they can to reduce the risks of passing the flu
virus to their families and colleagues, and crucially to their
In addition to the drop-in clinics, senior nurses and matrons at
the hospital are receiving special 'flu champion' training to allow
them to vaccinate colleagues in their wards and departments.
Clinics will run until January, by which time the hospital aims
to have vaccinated over 2,000 members of staff against seasonal