Media Release

Flu Fighters find their voice

“Musical” staff at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital have recorded a special song to ensure that flu virus does not hit a high note this winter.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has recorded a Flu Song as part of its ongoing campaign to encourage staff and appropriate people in the community to have the vaccination.

While the Influenza Chorus will not challenge the NHS Choir for the top spot this Christmas, clerical and medical staff joined together one lunch time to try a different approach to spread the word about the importance of the Flu Jab.  The video has now been uploaded to the hospital’s You Tube, Facebook and Twitter Channels.

Thousands of people suffer from flu each year and while most suffer no long term effects, it can have a serious impact on vulnerable members of the community.

The Flu Song was penned by Tracey Hipkin, who works as Patient Experience Administrator and also volunteers on West Newton Ward where she entertains the elderly patients.


Mrs Hipkin, who lives in Ingoldisthorpe, said: “This is a really important message to put across. I was really pleased with how the song turned out and I thought the singers did a lovely job.”

Among those donning the Christmas hats to sing in the video was Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Dr Ian Hosein.

Dr Hosein said: “While the song was a lot of fun to record, we have a very serious message to put across. The Flu can have very serious consequences to the very sick and elderly people in our community.

“That is why is it so important for frontline NHS staff along with anyone over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions to be immunized about the virus.

“The vaccination, along with simple measures such as washing your hands, regularly cleaning surfaces and using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when coughing, can stop the flu in its tracks.”

The song can be viewed at:


Pictured are: QEH staff perform the Flu Song during the recording last week

Singer song writer Tracey Hipkin penned the song

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