Chief Nurse’s Blog
Date of release: 29 September 2020
I’m dedicating this blog to our flu campaign and a plea for all our staff to have the vaccine, so you can protect yourselves, our patients and all of our families against the damaging impact of flu.
Our flu campaign kicked off last week with vaccinators in high-risk areas going out and about offering jabs to staff.
Thank you to all the staff members who have already been vaccinated. The jab can take around 10 days to take effect, so the earlier you can get protection, the better. I have booked myself in to get mine done, so please follow suit!
Our peer vaccinators are now visiting all other areas, acute and community, so please look out for them in your work place.
Staff are encouraged to book their appointments with our Occupational Health team - appointments start from October 6th but I’d encourage you all to get booked in now.
Booking details can be found on the intranet - just search ‘Flu Jab’ or click the links in your Trust Brief bulletin.
We can appreciate that COVID-19 will be at the forefront of your minds, but the combination of flu and COVID-19 circulating at the same time could overwhelm our hardworking teams at this already challenging time; your decision to have the jab might help prevent this.
We must remember that those who are at high risk of COVID-19 are also most vulnerable to being admitted into hospital as a result of flu, so by having the jab we are helping to shield them once again.
Posters with the vaccinators’ details on have been distributed across the Trust and the team can be called upon if there are particular dates and times where vaccination is preferable.
A number of resources are available on the new flu intranet page - including facts about the flu, to help dispel any myths - and details of who your local peer vaccinators are, so please take a look and share with colleagues to make sure everyone is well informed this flu season.
Finally, on a lighter note, a book I’ve ordered called ‘How To Be Brilliant - Change Your Ways In 90 Days!’ by Michael Heppell has arrived.
I’ll let you know how I get on with it and will happily share any tips with you if I find them any good!