Don’t be a drag.. get the jab!

Charge nurse Luke Sumner stars as Lulu in Blackpool Vic's flu jab awareness video

Charge nurse Luke Sumner stars as Lulu in Blackpool Vic's flu jab awareness video

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Staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are being encouraged to ‘Survive’ this winter with the latest of their annual flu jab campaigns.

This year’s video sees disco diva Gloria Gaynor’s famous song ‘I Will Survive’ re-written and re-recorded with a fluey theme and performed flawlessly by health staff dressed to the nines in extravagant wigs and makeup.

Written by communications officer Alma Stewart and sung by professional singer Helen O’Neill, it stars Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s head of resuscitation Anthony Freestone and cardiac nurse Luke Sumner as the leading ‘ladies’ in the music video that urges people to overcome the fear of the needle and sign up for the flu jab.

Anthony said: “I think it’s essential that members of staff get a flu jab.

“By having a jab you can protect yourself, protect patients and protect loved ones.

“We want to get this message out to the maximum amount of people.

“The video is hilarious but it has an important message.

“It’s about making sure that people stay safe this winter.

“It’s about preventing staff from having to take time off sick and reducing admissions into hospital which will save money for the NHS.”

Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s seasonal flu immunisation programme aims to help maintain the health and wellbeing of staff, enabling them to deliver robust and resilient healthcare to patients.

Last year the Trust achieved the national target for 75 per cent of frontline staff needing to be vaccinated.

The Trust also vaccinated 72 per cent of the entire workforce – one of the best figures in the NHS.

The Trust now aims to improve this standard and ensure as many members of staff as possible are vaccinated by the end of December.

l People can watch this year’s flu vaccination promotion video online at www.youtube.com/user/BFWHospitals.