Two-year project on sepsis gets under way

Efforts in the county and region to combat one of the UK’s biggest killers have received a big funding boost.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a significant sum of money from the Health Foundation, an independent charity.

The trust will use the £433,000 it has received to tackle sepsis in its hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Sepsis is the body’s reaction to an infection and means the body attacks its own organs and tissues. If not spotted and treated quickly, it can rapidly lead to organ failure and death and so the work will focus on raising awareness among staff of the symptoms.

Dr Eliot Sykes, of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to improve patient care for a common and potentially lethal condition.”