Date of release: 27 September 2017
Staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) are being urged to get the ‘flu jab’ and help keep themselves and their patients safe – and help others in the community at the same time.
Hospitals across England are preparing for the busy winter period with flu being a top priority, as people who are eligible for free flu vaccination are urged to get immunised.
This year, RWT has teamed up with national charity P3, who have a base in Wolverhampton. Their mission is to improve lives and communities by delivering services for socially excluded and vulnerable people to unlock their potential and open up new possibilities.
Every time a member of staff has a flu jab £2 will be donated to the charity, money which will directly go to helping people in the local community who are more vulnerable than ourselves at a time of year when it gets wetter and colder.
Funding of £100 from The RWT Flu Jab Fund would buy basic home starter packs which include bedding, towels, cutlery and kitchen utensils or help provide secure short-term accommodation for a vulnerable person who is at risk on the streets. And £10,000 would help support a health and wellbeing centre, to inspire clients to give up smoking, exercise and adopt a healthy lifestyle whilst reconnecting with their local community.
Tim Powell, deputy operations manager at RWT, said: ”Last year 72 per cent of staff were vaccinated against flu. This helps keep our patients safe but also helps keep our staff safe too.
“This year, I want our staff to lead by example with as many getting immunised as possible, showing our community the importance of being prepared for flu season.
“I’m also proud of our work with P3, a vital charity who we already work closely with when vulnerable people are discharged from our care.”
Sam Bailey, P3 Operations Manager for West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be selected as the RWT’s nominated charity for this year’s winter flu campaign.
“We’ve worked in partnership with RWT for four years now, supporting people via our Hospital Discharge Team. We work together to ensure vulnerable people leaving hospital don’t face homelessness, but move on into safe, secure and supported accommodation.”
“Over the past year we have worked with 1,500 people within Wolverhampton who need tenancy and benefits advice, are at risk of eviction or already homeless. That’s 125 people every month. We work tirelessly to rebuild lives within our accommodation, but with the monies raised via this flu campaign we will be able to do so much more.
“Our ultimate vision is to convert a bus into a mobile resource centre where we will be able to offer people hot food, a shower and even a bed, crucially keeping them safe so they don’t have to face a night alone sleeping rough on the city’s streets.”
There are a number of facts about flu people should know:
- flu isn’t just a heavy cold, it can have serious complications
- the flu vaccine doesn’t give you flu
- antibiotics are not a treatment for flu
- having the vaccine once doesn’t protect you for life
- pregnant women should have the vaccine
- children can have the vaccine, it’s usually given as a nasal spray
- even if you’ve had flu already this year, still have the vaccination
- it’s never too late to have the vaccine
- vitamin C does not prevent flu
For more information and advice around flu, go to NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk/flu
For more information contact Richard Radcliffe on 01902695900