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Hospital staff encouraged to get swine flu vaccine

26 October 2009

Doctors, nurses and other frontline clinical staff at Chelsea and Westminster are being urged to get vaccinated against swine flu to protect themselves, their patients and staff colleagues.

Doctors, nurses and other frontline clinical staff at Chelsea and Westminster are being urged to get vaccinated against swine flu to protect themselves, their patients and staff colleagues.

Vaccination sessions started today (Monday 26 October) when Peter Carter, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, joined hospital staff to get the jab.

Andrew MacCallum, Director of Nursing at Chelsea and Westminster, said: “As Director of Nursing I am writing personally to senior nurses and midwives in our hospital encouraging them to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“We have robust plans to cope with the swine flu pandemic and we are asking our frontline clinical staff to protect themselves, their patients and staff colleagues by getting immunised.”

Dr Gary Hartnoll, Lead Consultant in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, added: “I will be having the swine flu vaccination because it is the best way to ensure I remain fit and well to look after my patients.

“I work in a neonatal unit where we care for sick and very premature babies who are vulnerable to infection so I will do anything I can to protect them from infection, including having the swine flu vaccination.”