Trust becomes first in the country to reach 75 per cent flu uptake 

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Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital (DBTH) is the first NHS trust in the country to have vaccinated 75 per cent of their frontline staff for the second year running.

They have administered 3,385 vaccinations in just five weeks, using their ‘all hands-on deck’ model.

The model involves the team, which is made up of occupational health and wellbeing practitioners as well as peer vaccinators, visit wards and departments to provide special drop-in sessions for weekend workers and night staff.

Leading by example, their chief executive Richard Parker, became a peer vaccinator and personally administered the jab to a number of staff.

He said: “This is another fantastic achievement for the Trust and one which shows how caring our staff are and how dedicated they are to protecting our patients”

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, which runs the national flu fighter campaign, said: “This is a truly impressive achievement and shows real dedication to the flu fighter campaign. In order to stem the tide of infection, it’s especially important for frontline health and care workers to be vaccinated, as they will have the greatest contact with vulnerable people, such as the elderly and the very young. We hope other trusts will follow this stellar example before what many experts are predicting could be a very challenging winter.”

Well done DBTH!

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