Barnsley Hospital has been named as one of the top ten hospitals in the country for its success in vaccinating staff against flu.

Over 70% of Barnsley Hospital staff have been vaccinated against flu since September 2014. Health professionals and other NHS staff are encouraged to get vaccinated against flu each winter, via the NHS Employers ‘Flu Fighter’ campaign, to help protect vulnerable patients from the risk of catching flu by minimising the risk of passing the virus on.

Non Executive Director Linda Christon receiving her flu jab

Non Executive Director Linda Christon receiving her flu jab

The impact of the flu virus on frail and vulnerable patients can be serious, even fatal, and outbreaks can cause severe disruption in hospitals. When staff receive the vaccination they are significantly less likely to be carrying the virus and therefore reduce the spread of infection to those they come in contact with, including patients, colleagues, family and friends.

Hilary Brearley, Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development at Barnsley Hospital, said: “Our staff have been fantastic and we have had an excellent take-up of flu vaccinations this year.

“Our Occupational Health team have been brilliant and, with the support of colleagues across the hospital, they have been working tirelessly to vaccinate staff at times and locations that suit our staff to ensure as many staff members as possible are vaccinated.”

The ‘Flu Fighter’ campaign is now in its fourth year and has helped the NHS to increase frontline staff flu vaccinations from 359,080 (34.7 per cent) in 2010/11 to 534,090 (54.8 per cent) by the end of last winter.