Hospitals rated highly in the fight against seasonal flu

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Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been singled out for praise after four in five of all its staff had a flu jab this winter.

The Trust, which runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough as well as providing services in community settings, was named a success story in an NHS Employers announcement about the staff flu vaccination programme.

A total of 80.9 per cent of frontline health workers at Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals had been vaccinated against flu by the end of December – the second highest rate of any hospital in the country.

Health professionals and other NHS staff who have direct contact with patients in their jobs are encouraged to get vaccinated against flu each winter.

It helps to protect vulnerable patients from the risk of catching flu, because staff who have been vaccinated are much less likely to be carrying the flu virus.

Debbie O’Toole, head of occupational health and wellbeing, said: “Our staff have been fantastic and we’ve had an excellent take-up of flu vaccination by frontline health workers.

“It’s been a real team effort, with occupational health staff working tirelessly to offer vaccination at all times and locations and a great response from Trust staff, who have agreed to be vaccinated to help protect their patients.”

Dean Royles, director of NHS Employers, said: “The flu jab isn’t compulsory, so it’s a major achievement to mobilise this many staff to get vaccinated and we are proud of their commitment.”