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Right Arrow Medical director helps stop flu in its tracks
12 November 2013 at 16:30
NHS staff are keeping themselves and their patients safe from flu this winter with a major vaccination campaign.

More than 60% of doctors, nurses and other frontline clinical staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have been vaccinated since mid-October. The Trust expects to have vaccinated at least 75% by the time the campaign ends.

Among the staff being vaccinated was Mr Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director: “Vaccinating keeps our staff safe and working during the busiest time of year for the NHS. It keeps patients safe too by stopping the virus being passed on.

“Our health and well-being staff have done an excellent job vaccinating and I am delighted to be among the 74% of doctors who have so far had their jab.”

On the eve of Self Care Week (18-24 November), everyone can play their part in easing the pressure on the NHS this winter by caring for themselves where appropriate.

“You can stop flu in its tracks by getting the flu jab. Many people are eligible for a free jab at their GP, including everyone over 65, people with long-term medical conditions and pregnant women,” said Rob.

“Otherwise coughs, colds, sore-throats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and treat with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol. Ask your pharmacist for advice help.

“Contact your GP for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.”

Dr John Caine, chair of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added: “Looking after yourself can be as simple as eating a healthy well balanced diet and ensuring you have regular exercise. However, many people don’t realise the simple steps they can take to look after themselves. By boosting how you care for yourself, you can make a genuine positive impact on your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“We’re determined to continue to signpost people to the right services, especially over winter when demands can increase. People commonly visit their local GP over something that can easily be treated by themselves at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet or some over the counter remedies at their local pharmacist. Our advice would be to consider the right option for you, especially when it is a minor illness or ailment.”

Picture shows deputy head of health and well-being Ann Cheetham giving Medical Director Mr Rob Gillies his flu vaccination

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Medical help is also available at West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital which is open from 8am to 10pm. Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse is open between 7am and 10pm.

Accident and Emergency departments are for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes. An assessment is made on arrival and, depending on how urgent treatment is needed, there may be a wait of up to four hours. If appropriate, the triage nurse or clinician may signpost patients to a different health care provider such as a GP, dentist or pharmacist. Advice is also at NHS Choices at

2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.