#flufighters and fitness fun – staff ‘spring into action’ this season

#flufighters and fitness fun – staff ‘spring into action’ this season

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The results from this year’s NHS staff uptake of the flu vaccination are now in and make very ‘healthy’ reading for ULHT.

An impressive 10% more of our frontline staff chose to have their flu jabs this year, a total of 4,702 out of 5,756 of those eligible.

Staff received their injections from dedicated vaccinators across the Trust’s various departments and wards – coming out with a final uptake figure of 81.7%.

Stephen Kelly, ULHT’s occupational health business manager said he was extremely proud of all his NHS flu fighters.

“I’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the staff who decided to have their flu jabs this year and also to all those who helped us administer them – it was a great team effort.

“These results have been our best ever and it’s a testament to how dedicated our staff are to helping keep patients and their families as healthy as possible over the harsh winter months.

“We’re a very large Trust, covering a big geographical area so this took a lot of teamwork and organisation, and I’m extremely proud of all our fantastic flu fighters.”

Nationally 68.7% of eligible frontline staff chose to have a flu jab this year – that’s a total of 704,242 NHS workers.

In other news, this year’s Lincolnshire Healthcare Spring into Action pedometer challenge kicked off on Monday 19 March and ‘runs’ until Sunday 29 April.

A total of 70 teams will be competing across the three local NHS Trusts, with 23 coming from ULHT.  Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has submitted 28 teams, with Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), offering up 19 teams.

Teams comprise of four members whose weekly steps will be recorded and counted, and the team with the highest step count crowned overall champions.

We hope all team members have their pedometers strapped on and are clocking up the paces of those ULHT corridors.  We’re in it to win it!

Elsewhere, some of our active staff have organised a charity ‘Fitathon’, to help raise money for the Trust’s charitable fund.

One fitness class will be taking place every hour for 24 hours, over Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 April at Yarborough Leisure Centre, Lincoln.

Organiser Sam McCarthy-Phull, the Trust’s clinical education nurse said:  “There are a number of classes available, including spins, circuits, pilates and much more.

“There are classes suitable for all levels of fitness – so no excuses not to book now.

“Come and join in the fun, get fit and help to raise some cash for our own great charity.”

For more information or to book a class, email [email protected]

Alternatively you can book directly on to a class via Eventbrite here.