Southend Hospital ‘boxing’ clever in its fight against flu
13 October 2014
It’s fighting talk at Southend Hospital as both frontline and behind the scenes staff are uniting as one to create the ultimate flu fighter as we race toward winter.
The hospital has produced a Rocky-style inspired video to push
the message home that everyone at the hospital must work together
as one to fight against the flu virus, get the flu jab and help
beat the spread of flu.
All staff at Southend University Hospital are encouraged to have
their flu vaccination to ensure that they stay healthy this
Catherine Paget, head of occupational health, said: "Having flu
is not like having a cold, it can last for at least a week if not
longer; and it's easily spread with people passing the virus on to
family, friends, work colleagues and patients.
The best way people can protect themselves is by having the flu
vaccination, - it's quick, it's simple, it doesn't hurt much and it
can't give you flu. It targets those who are weakened and
vulnerable, so it's crucial that the NHS does everything it can to
keep the virus away from patients."
The short video, produced in-house by the hospital's
communications team, was shot on location at The Locker Room in
Southend, which is situated next door to Southend Central Station.
The gym is no stranger to film crews as it recently featured in an
advert starring Olympian, Daley Thompson.
Stepping into the ring as Sam 'The Southend' Slayer were gym
members Samuel Burrdock, 26, from Southend, who is also a personal
trainer, and Luke Cassar, 21, also from Southend, really relishing
his role as Ivor 'flu' Bugg.
The gym's director, James Chisolm, explained why he was happy to
help the hospital with the short film.
He said: "We've been part of the hospital's flu fighter campaign
before and were happy to get even more involved this year. Health
and well-being is always at the forefront of our mind here at The
Locker Room so if we can help spread the word and raise awareness
with this video then it can only be a good thing for a great