Sepsis and Me

Public Health Coventry, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) and The Sepsis Trust have teamed up to create a month of awareness-raising about Sepsis throughout February.

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. Sepsis causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive as it tries to fight infection. This can reduce blood supply to vital organs like the brain, heart and kidneys. Unless treated quickly, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. Every year approximately 260,000 cases of sepsis are diagnosed in the UK and around 44,000 people die every year from the condition. As part of the campaign, Public Health and UHCW have created a series of short films “Sepsis and Me”, talking about the condition, signs and symptoms and the effects it can have. The films also feature the story of a Coventry resident and the devastating effect Sepsis had on him and his family.

The campaign in Coventry has been established with the Sepsis team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, who were the first in the country to work together with The Sepsis Trust to provide a post-sepsis support group. The Sepsis team hold quarterly community group events at the Ricoh arena for those affected by Sepsis to meet and talk about their experiences and to also raise awareness of the condition.

Dr Nadia Inglis, Public Health consultant at Coventry City Council has said: “It's really important for us to create an awareness of the impact a whole range of different types of infections can have, and so the work we are doing to raise awareness of Sepsis is so important. Although Sepsis can be caused by a range of infections, it leads to higher death rates each year than heart attacks, strokes and chronic lung disease. I urge those who don't know much about the condition to find out what they can and be aware of signs and symptoms that can affect those who are at risk of Sepsis. I also encourage people to support the Sepsis and Me Campaign so that we can get Coventry talking more about Sepsis.”


Sepsis can affect anyone, but older people, the very young, and those with lowered immunity are at higher risk, as are people who have had recent surgery/procedures, cuts in the skin, people who misuse substances, people with a catheter or other line, and pregnant women/those who have just given birth. Symptoms in adults can include:

  • Slurred speech/confusion
  • Extreme shivering/muscle pain
  • Passing no/little urine
  • Severe breathlessness
  • It feels like you are going to die
  • Skin being mottled or discoloured.


Symptoms in children can be different. For more information and to know what to do if you are concerned about yourself, a family member or friend, please see:

Emma Evans, Sepsis Nurse at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, added: “We’re so excited to bring this campaign to Coventry and continue the work we’re doing to raise as much awareness as we can about Sepsis.”


For further information about sepsis, please see: