Yeovil Hospital staff complete Cycle4Sepsis for second year

ON THE ROAD: Members of the Cycle4Sepsis team

A TEAM of medical and nursing staff from Yeovil District Hospital have completed the Cycle4Sepsis challenge for the second year running to raise awareness and funds for the life-threatening condition.

Each year it is estimated more than 100,000 people in the UK are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 31,000 people die every year as a result of the condition.

Starting at Yeovil Hospital, the two-day cycle saw the team put through their paces as they set off on a tour of hospitals on their way to Cardiff Bay.

This unique event brings teams of cyclists from all over the country together to cycle from their home towns to Cardiff Bay via a planned route.

The South West team will began pushing the pedals at 8am on Saturday, as they travelled to Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital before heading north to the Somerset Partnership offices at Burnham-on-Sea.

The group then travelled onto Bristol’s Southmead Hospital on Sunday followed by Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital before reaching their final destination.

The team of 15 was made up of four nurses and three sisters from Yeovil Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, one respiratory physiotherapist, one resus officer, an associate practitioner and one doctor all from Yeovil.

They were joined by three doctors who trained at Yeovil Hospital and one critical care outreach sister from Musgrove Park Hospital.

ICU staff nurse Emily Paulley said: “Sepsis is so serious and affects so many people, yet very few people really know the symptoms so it is essential we raise awareness and get people talking about it so more lives can be saved.”

Before setting off she commented: “We took part in the Cycle4Sepsis challenge to London last year and were delighted by the support. I am really looking forward to it. We have been training on our days off, taking part in Wiggle events such as the Wiggle Jurassic Beast and Wiggle Bournemouth, which are a great taster. Let’s just hope the weather is kind to us.”

Sepsis, also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection or injury. In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection. This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Donations can still be made to the team by visiting the website

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