Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has kicked off its staff flu campaign with the help of staff and players from Leeds United.
Head Coach Garry Monk and first team players Ronaldo Vieira, Matt Grimes and Stuart Dallas were joined at their Thorp Arch training complex by nurses from the trust to launch the annual campaign.
The Trust is encouraging all frontline staff to have the flu jab to protect themselves, family and patients across Leeds.
Dave Hall, Lead Infection Prevention Nurse at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust said, “Quality is at the heart of our approach to care delivery at the Trust. This is one of the reasons the flu jab is offered every year to all of our front line teams. It is particularly important for staff to have the flu vaccine if they are coming into contact with patients. Flu immunisation is one of the most effective ways we can reduce harm from flu and the pressures on health and social care services that it can cause.”
Last year the Trust’s flu vaccine uptake was the second best for community health trusts nationally and this year they hope to go one better. A special flu fighter team will be touring health centres across the city from October giving staff the chance to be vaccinated in their place of work.
Leeds United Head Coach Garry Monk said, "Leeds United is proud to support the fantastic work of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. We know only too well that achieving the best results is a team effort.
“We hope that by giving our backing to the campaign, the Trust is finally able to become the most vaccinated Community Trust in the country."
The trust is also part of the national NHS Flu Fighter staff vaccination campaign which supports NHS trusts with staff flu campaigns.
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