Josh visits ED

Barnsley-born British Bantamweight Boxing Champion Josh Wale visited Barnsley Hospital to help the ‘Flu Crew’ jab staff in wards and departments.

Josh, 29, from Brampton recently defeated Don Broadhurst at the MEN Arena in Manchester and thus became the first ever boxer from Barnsley to successfully defend his crown.

So, that got the Occupational Health and Wellbeing team at Barnsley Hospital wondering whether he could help fight off flu and encourage all staff members at the Trust to have their free vaccine and protect themselves and patients.

Specialist Nurse Practitioner, Julie Dowkes, said: “We thought with Josh being a local lad and used to fighting off opponents that he could come down and help inspire some of the staff here to get their free vaccination ahead of the winter months and fight off potential symptoms of flu. What he’s achieved is terrific and he was a pleasure when meeting staff and gaining an understanding of what everyone’s respective roles involve.”

Josh felt a connection with the Trust and found it hard to refuse an invitation down to promote what is a nationwide campaign from the NHS.

“My two boys were born here and so when contact was made I couldn’t say no,” he said.

“When my boys were born I saw what they do on the maternity ward and every ward does brilliant work. I think all Barnsley people should get behind it and support it.

“I think the flu jab has got a bit of a stigma but people should take time out to go and get it, especially if you’re working in this kind of environment because it benefits everybody. It’s free and it’s good to get protected when it comes around every year, so it’s brilliant and I think more people should embrace it.”

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