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Flu and fire at Gloucestershire Hospitals


Flu and fire safety will be an area of focus for Gloucestershire Hospitals next week as part of a month of events that focus on safeguarding our patients.

During week commencing 28th September as we begin gearing up for the winter months, we will be sharing information via displays around the hospitals and working with colleagues from Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue for Home Safety Week. During the week, Older Person’s Day falls on the 1st October, so our older patients will be particularly targeted with these important messages.

The NHS estimates that 30,000 preventable deaths occur during the winter, with older people often the most vulnerable.

Nursing Director Maggie Arnold said:


“We will be promoting the importance of older people having their flu jabs to keep them well through the winter months as well as the free home safety checks that our fire service colleagues offer in the county.


“The seasonal flu vaccination is available from later this month and the first groups eligible for seasonal flu vaccine are people aged 65 years and over, frontline health and social care workers and pregnant women. Running alongside these events we will also of course be encouraging staff to have these jabs and protect their own families and our patients.

“It takes the vaccine two weeks to be effective, so we are encouraging people to have their jabs as soon as they’re available.”

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue’s Safe & Well visits ensure that the home and people who live there are as safe as possible from the dangers of fire and other hazards. They also install smoke alarms, all free of charge. Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service have trained firefighters and a team of dedicated Community Safety Advisors working across the county carrying out home safety checks and giving advice.


Stewart Edgar Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue said: “Our Safe and Well home visits now enable us to help many people to stay safe and improve their lives. We are focussing on those who are most vulnerable in our community. We use a range of methods to help identify those most at risk. There are a number of factors that increase the likelihood of suffering injury or death from fire in the home.”

Now ask yourself......

Do you know of any older or vulnerable people who haven’t got a smoke alarm and may be at risk? If so ask them if they would like a Free Smoke Alarm and Home Safe & Well visit by calling:   0800 180 41 40 or go to 


Focusing on winter safety, and in particular how partner organisations can work together to identify and help those most at risk, Home Safety Week is a key focus as we look towards the winter months.


Following the week, we will continue our focus on safeguarding with displays updating staff and the public on a number of areas including domestic abuse, child safety in the home and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is a key part of delivering high-quality health care to the population we serve.