Thousands of frontline NHS staff in Cumbria are fighting flu

Almost 4,300 members of frontline NHS staff at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) have now been vaccinated against flu.

NCUH has already exceeded its target of 75% of its staff getting the vaccine and CPFT have so far vaccinated 68% of its staff.

A staff campaign was launched in October with staff from the Occupational Health and Wellbeing teams working hard to make the vaccination as accessible as possible for busy staff.The Trusts are both continuing to offer the flu vaccinate to all staff in order to protect patients and loved ones. 

Pauline Speight, Head of Occupational Health and Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We are thrilled that we have managed to reach so many staff already, as it not only protects them against flu but also protects their family, friends and most importantly, our patients.

“This is a great achievement and I would like to thank our Occupational Health and Wellbeing teams who have been dropping in and visiting wards as well utilising other opportunities to vaccinate staff.

“People think of flu as a mild winter illness, but the reality can be devastating. That is why we are going to continue our campaign encourage more staff to become flu fighters.”

 Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch and for some people, especially the elderly, vulnerable patients in hospital and for those in ‘at risk’ groups, it can be very serious even fatal.

Staff from NCUH can contact the Occupational Health team to arrange their flu jab and CPFT staff can contact the Infection Prevention team to get theirs.

Those who fall within the 'at risk' groups can get their flu vaccination at their GP surgery or local phamarcy.