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Staff at Burnley care home celebrate their success as flu fighters

Staff at a Burnley care home are celebrating in leading this year’s fight against flu.

Acorn Heights on Manchester Road in Burnley is home to 22 residents and is registered to provide care for those with mental health, learning disability, old age and dementia conditions.

Managers at the home Anita McLaughlin, Registered Manager and Natalie Heaven, Care Manager have put in place a successful plan with a local pharmacy which has resulted in every member of their team of 27 staff receiving the flu vaccination.

Adele Thornburn, Nursing and Quality Manager at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Regulated Care Programme Manager across Pennine-Lancashire, said:

“I’m delighted that the staff working in Acorn Heights have all had their vaccination against flu this year.

“For those working in a care home or health and care environment where there are many vulnerable people, it is incredibly important to have the flu vaccine. This not only helps to protect the staff themselves and their immediate families, but also helps to protect very vulnerable residents who are at risk of suffering severe complications from flu."

Anita said:

“We are very proud of our team in supporting us to achieve 100% compliance.  We used the information leaflets promoted by the Infection Prevention Specialist Nurse at the Care Home Quality Forum, and we also supported each other by going in twos and threes to the local pharmacy for the vaccinations.”

And for their residents, Anita and Natalie have been very impressed with the GP practices in Burnley working together this winter meaning one nurse has been able to complete all the resident vaccinations on one day. 

Natalie added:

“This year has been great. It’s been really well organised and been so helpful instead of having to liaise with multiple GP practices.”