Get your jab – become a #flufighter today
The Trust’s occupational health team is once again promoting the yearly battle against flu and will administering seasonal flu vaccines across all main hospital sites throughout October, November and December.
All staff are invited to attend a drop in clinic to keep themselves and their patients protected as we enter the colder months. Its really important that staff are vaccinated against flu. It means that we prevent the spread on a ward, stop the chance of catching it in the first place and also reduce our sickness levels at our busiest time of year.
In addition to the main hospital sessions, staff can also take advantage of the Trust’s remote clinics at Skegness, Spalding and John Coupland (Gainsborough) hospitals.
Last year 70.5% of frontline staff chose to get their seasonal flu jabs.
Let’s see if we can beat that figure this time and get as many of us as possible protected against the winter woes.
Members of the public are encouraged to become #flufighters too. If you have a long-term health condition such as bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease, flu on top of these can easily develop into something more serious and could result in hospital admission if not careful.
Don’t put off getting your free flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it. Contact your GP or pharmacist.
Flu can also be very nasty for young children and for those aged between two and eight, the vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray. Again your GP will be able to advise.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell
The meaning of mindfulness
Juggling all our priorities around work and life can be difficult and it can often lead to us feeling overwhelmed, like we’re sinking.
Mindfulness gives us the time and space to concentrate on ourselves and makes us more aware of what we are doing. It helps us to focus on the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
It helps to make sense of things when problems arise and help us respond rather than react.
What can we do to be more mindful?
Do you ever drive or walk to work and when you arrive, you’ve forgotten what route you took? Take that extra care to pay attention to what you’re doing or what is around you. Take note of how you feel and the sensations in your body. Can you feel the breeze on your face or hear the birds singing?
Give it a go and see what difference it can make to your life. You can find out more here.