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Community healthcare organisation comes top for flu vaccinations

PUBLISHED: 14:52 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 12 April 2018

Assistant Director of Infection Prevention & Control Teresa Lewis administering a flu jab to Director of Health Improvement and Children’s Services Julia Whiting. Photo: ECCH

Assistant Director of Infection Prevention & Control Teresa Lewis administering a flu jab to Director of Health Improvement and Children’s Services Julia Whiting. Photo: ECCH

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East Coast Community Healthcare has been named as the highest performing community health organisation in the east of England for staff flu vaccinations for the second year running.

A total of 73.3pc of ECCH staff were vaccinated between October and February in order to protect themselves and their patients from the potentially deadly virus.

Last year the social enterprise, which is based in Lowestoft and provides NHS community health services across Norfolk and Waveney, recorded 76.2pc of staff receiving the vaccination - the highest figure recorded in the whole country for a community health organisation.

ECCH chief executive Jonathan Williams said: “I am delighted that we have achieved this result two years in a row. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care possible and that includes knowing our staff are protected from the flu virus and won’t either pass it on to patients or catch it themselves.

“It’s testament to the dedication of our staff to ensuring safety is paramount at all times. It’s also down to the commitment of our Infection prevention and control team who do an amazing job encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and educating them on the dangers of contracting flu.”

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