Christie is second highest national flu fighter for the second year running

Press release posted 22nd March 2016

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has once again achieved incredible staff flu vaccination uptake, vaccinating 83.3% of frontline staff to make it the second highest vaccinating trust in the UK. 

The highest vaccinating Trust scored just 0.2% higher.

The NHS suggests a target for each trust to vaccinate 75% of frontline staff.

This is great news for patients, who know that Christie staff went the extra mile to keep both themselves  and vulnerable cancer patients’ safe and protected this winter.

This year’s campaign built on the success of last year which saw The Christie vaccinate the second highest number of patient facing staff in the country.

It achieved these outstanding results by using a team of nurse vaccinators with a list of specific staff to contact and offer the jab to. They visited all departments, at various times of the day and night, including weekends, to ensure everyone got the chance to have the flu vaccination.

Jane Sykes, deputy director of nursing and quality at The Christie, said: “The reason we regularly perform so highly is the whole team approach we take to flu vaccination. Through the effort of our dedicated nurse vaccinators, the staff who are committed to patient safety and our wonderful occupational health team, we have managed to beat the NHS target and vaccinate 83.3% of our frontline staff.”

The Christie is a leading expert in cancer care, research and education, based in Manchester, treating 44,000 patients every year.

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