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CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of the Hywel Dda Flu uptake awards for the 2018/19 influenza season. All wards/departments in Hywel Dda UHB that achieved over 65% flu vaccine uptake for the 2018/19 season were added in to a draw to win one of four food hampers kindly donated by Castell Howell.

Across the health board 66 departments (with 5 or more staff) managed to achieve 65% uptake or above.

The four winning wards/departments were:

  • Cysgod Y Cwm – Amman Valley hospital (Image 1 – Catrin Jones receiving the award with her staff

  • Tregaron Wards and Out-patient departments (Image 2 – Occupational Health Nurse Llinos Bates presenting the hamper to Sister Bethan Jones and her staff)

  • Hywel Dda Adult Speech and language therapy service (Image 3 – Alison Thomas, Head of Adult Speech and Language Therapy and staff)

  • Ward 4 – General surgery, Withybush Hospital (Image 4 – Head of Nursing Carol Thomas delivering to Sister Susan Charlton and staff)

This year the overall uptake for the flu vaccine in health board staff reached 5537, which is more than any season previously. Furthermore, five wards/departments reached 100% uptake which is a huge achievement.

Head of Occupational Health, Vanessa Davies said “Hywel Dda doesn’t underestimate all the hard work that has gone on both behind the scenes and at the frontline to achieve this figure, and I thank every flu champion, members of the Occupational Health team and supporters of the flu vaccination programme this year for their part in achieving this milestone. I would also like to thank every member of staff who helped us protect our patients, colleagues, friends, family and communities by being vaccinated.”

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