School Age Immunisation Service
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Cambridgeshire Community Service NHS Trust delivers school-age immunisations to all schools within Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk. This includes flu nasal immunisations for primary schools, and in secondary schools, HPV vaccinations to year 8 and 9 girls, and Meningitis ACWY and TdIPV to young people in years 9 and 10.
The Trust’s vision is to provide high quality care through their excellent people. The Trust’ believes that community based health services are fundamental to the success of an NHS that gives people more choice and control over their health
The Service was looking for a simple solution to monitor the vaccine temperature in the vaccine transportation carriers that the teams use to take the vaccines to the schools on a daily basis. It is imperative that vaccines remain between 2°C and 8°C in order to maintain the efficacy and product license. Teams use electric Labcold Portable Vaccine Carriers and pharmaceutical-grade vaccine carriers. They wanted a visual tool that was cost-effective that they would be able to review at the end of the vaccination session that would tell them if the temperature increased above 8°C, and if the temperature went above 25°C, for how long that had occurred.
In each vaccine carrier, they used two Timestrip Plus products: Timestrip Plus, (TP 065) was used to indicate if the temperature in the vaccine carriers went above 8C°. They would then examine Timestrip Plus (TP 217) to establish if the temperature exceeded 25°C, and if so, for how long.
Feedback was good from the teams who used them because they did not need to be read by, or synced with, a computer.