As more than 80 fatalities in Britain every day are caused by respiratory diseases, such as the flu, one British-based company is urging more GPs to communicate the importance of flu vaccinations this winter.
With UK death toll figures for flu higher than anywhere else in Europe, recent government findings suggest that flu vaccinations can reduce hospital attendance by 74% in children and 77% in the over 65s. With the ability to save 1 in 4000 lives, CFH Docmail has set its sights on encouraging more GPs to send flu vaccination reminders to vulnerable patients with its cost-effective mailing service.
With the ability to combat overstretched A & E departments and much-needed hospital beds, its Docmail service allows users to create, print and post personalised correspondence through its secure online portal. Used by 12,000 organisations across the UK, including over 3,000 medical practices, the mailing service has printed and delivered over 38 million letters. It has saved medical practices over £12m to date. At 39p per letter, it is a fraction of the cost of a first class stamp. With an A & E visit costing £114 and non-elective hospital stay costing the NHS £1489, this is a very small price to pay.
Dave Broadway, MD at CFH Docmail Ltd, comments: “I believe that Docmail is a very simple solution to a potentially life-threatening issue. Saving funds within the medical sector is vitally important but, ultimately, the cost of not sending flu reminders to patients at the highest risk is far greater.”