V-Day at Basildon hospital

Diane Sarkar, Director of Nursing, led by example today as more than 1,000 staff at Basildon and Orsett Hospitals got their flu vaccinations. Diane had urged all nurses, doctors and other hospital workers to protect their patients by protecting themselves. And they responded in droves.

“Pop-up” clinics run by the Trust’s Occupational Health nurses were supplemented with 58 “flu champions” – qualified nurses trained as vaccinators – to give the jab to colleagues in wards and departments across the two hospitals. The Trust dubbed today – the first day the vaccination was available for staff – V-Day and set a very high target of 1,000 staff being vaccinated.

Diane Sarkar said: “I expected staff to take this opportunity to protect themselves, their families and, vitally, our patients from the flu virus this winter, and their response has just been absolutely fantastic. In just one day, we have had more staff vaccinated than had the jab during the whole of last winter.” The hospital aims to have more than 2,000 staff vaccinated against the flu virus this year, and clinics will run until January.

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