A friendly battle is on between two nurses this winter as they compete to vaccinate as many fellow staff as possible against flu.
Designated flu vaccinators are responsible for ensuring their colleagues get the jab this Winter as hospitals aim to have 75% of staff get the vaccine. Progress at George Eliot Hospital has been good so far, with the Trust having already vaccinated 58% of frontline staff in three weeks – around 1240 frontline healthcare workers.
Elizabeth Ward Manager, Jo Stincavage has been the leading ward vaccinator for the last two years and determined to win the trophy for Best Team again this year. However, Melly Ward sister Rachael Balac has taken up the challenge to dethrone her this winter.
An extra level of competition has been added as George Eliot Hospital is now part of a foundation group with Wye Valley NHS Trust and South Warwickshire Foundation Trust and is keen to top the vaccination table between the three hospitals.
Jo said: ”I think it’s vital that nurses protect their patients, colleagues and families by being vaccinated against the flu. A bit of friendly competition goes a long way in helping us achieve our vaccination target and fight the flu this winter.”
Rachael said:”We’re dedicated flufighters at George Eliot and I’m looking forward to giving Jo a run for her money this year. Whoever wins the challenge, it’s been great to see so many colleagues queuing up for their injections over the past few weeks.”
George Eliot Hospital has a number of opportunities for staff to get vaccinated including Occupational Health Drop-In events, breakfast and lunch sessions and hospital walkabouts. They also offer the vaccination to pregnant women who attend Antenatal visits.
The George Eliot flu team consists of representatives from Occupational Health, Infection Control, HR, Unions, Nursing, Maternity and Communications. The team are posting pictures and videos through the hospital’s social media channels to help encourage others to get their flu jabs.