Sepsis Survivors Cafe opens in Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 09:16 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:39 17 September 2018

Supporters raising awareness of the sepsis in Clevedon.	Picture: North Somerset Community Partnership

Supporters raising awareness of the sepsis in Clevedon. Picture: North Somerset Community Partnership

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North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) has set up a support group to help people who have battled with the life-threatening illness, sepsis.

Sepsis is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury, which if left untreated can cause septic shock, organ failure and death.

The Little Teapot café at Clevedon’s North Somerset Community Hospital in Old Street is holding sessions every six weeks and is inviting anyone who has suffered with the illness to attend.

Night sister at the hospital and founder of the group, Francesca Perry, said: “There was nothing in North Somerset to help support people post-sepsis and this was a problem I wanted to address.

“I set up the group to give people a safe space to talk about how the illness has affected them with people who have gone through a similar experience themselves.

“People will have the opportunity to make friends at the group and if it helps just one survivor of sepsis I’ll be happy.”

The World Health Organisation estimates sepsis affects more than 30 million people across the world, including more than four million babies and children.

Mum-of-two Morwenna Tudor, aged 38, from Newent, near Gloucester lived in Weston when her now five year old daughter Penelope contracted the illness when she was 22 months old.

Morwenna said: “I think the café sounds like a brilliant idea. Post-sepsis support is really important and we personally found Penelope’s illness impacted us not only physically, but also mentally.

“It took us quite a while to process and work through the feelings and emotions it left us with.”

Penelope was treated at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and had to undergo four operations as well as numerous blood transfusions to fight an infection which became septic.

Morwenna said: “I personally had to have support with anxiety after Penelope’s illness, so I would fully support anything that gives people the opportunity to speak about, share and work through their experiences.”

The next session will be held at the café in Clevedon on October 3. For more information, email nscp.sepsissurvivorscafe@nhs.net or call 08003 895260.

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