The single biggest thing you can do to protect our patients, yourself and your family from flu is to be vaccinated.
We are running a number of free flu vaccination drop-in clinics for CUH staff from 30 September to 08 November. Please note: This year there will be some changes in the approach of the flu vaccination programme, because we are receiving a phased delivery of the flu vaccines (due to manufacturing delays that have affected the UK at a national level). This has meant the need to control supplies, ensuring those who are in patient-facing roles are able to access the vaccine immediately.
Why are patient-facing staff receiving the flu vaccine first?
Patient-facing staff (which is any member of staff who has regular contact with patients, e.g. clinical staff but also admin/clerical staff working in patient areas, support staff etc) are receiving the flu vaccine first to ensure we do all we can to protect our most vulnerable patients. Flu drop in clinics will be available to all colleagues from 21 October.
Patient facing staff drop-in clinics (from Monday 30 September)
This includes professionally qualified clinical staff with direct patient care; doctors, nurses, healthcare scientists, AHPs and support to clinical staff that often have direct contact with patients; healthcare assistants, admin/clerical and support staff working in clinical areas.
Request a visit from the Doctor Flu team
Managers can request a visit from the Doctor Flu team – we know staff are extremely busy and some people are not able to visit the flu vaccination stand in the Concourse. To make sure you’re protected, you can book a flu vaccinator to come to your ward, or department, by using the bleep number: 152369. Please note that priority will be given to high risk areas and departments with more than 30 staff. Alternatively, please contact a local vaccinator.
Regular chances to win vouchers!
This year there will be prize draws for £5 and £20 M&S vouchers, which will start the week commencing 21 October. Also, the last two weeks of the scheduled drop in clinics, we will draw a name from the staff group with the highest percentage of vaccinated staff to win a £50 Amazon voucher. The winners will be contacted by email and will also be added to this page.
We also have £20 M&S vouchers and a Doctor Flu goodie bag up for grabs for the winners of our selfie competitions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To enter please share you Doctor Flu selfie on social media, tag CUH_NHS and #DoctorFlu and comment on why you had the flu jab. The selfie with the most likes will win! Head over to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to take part!
There will also be a little bit of friendly competition to see which staff group gets the highest percentage of vaccinations! Let battle commence!
We have a target of vaccinating 80% of our staff to help exterminate flu this winter. If you get your flu vaccination at your GP surgery, please tell us so that we can update your medical file – please email the OH team with the following form: Declaration of receipt of 2019-20 seasonal Influenza vaccine.
Mythbusting with Doctor Flu
Remember, the vaccine does not give you the flu. It is a completely inactivated vaccine and doesn’t contain a live virus. If you have concerns or queries please see our mythbusting and FAQs page or speak to a member of the occupational health team.
The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus which can cause serious illness and death – in 2019 the Australian National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System reported 300 deaths associated with flu.
Remember these flu top tips:
If you’ve any questions, get in touch with the OH team: 01223 216767.
Over 65 years old?
This year we are able to offer the flu vaccine to staff aged 65 years and over in our drop-in clinics, but not via local vaccinators. Flu vaccines will be available on 01 October. You can also receive the vaccine at your GP surgery or pharmacy – but please let us know if you receive the vaccine elsewhere.
Consent forms and other documents
To download and complete your consent form ahead of time see the Doctor Flu connect pages where information sheets and all forms are available to download.