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Cycle 4 Sepsis spokes-person drops in at Horton

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The Horton General Hospital had a flying visit on 3 September 2017 from riders taking part in the UK Sepsis Trust's 'Cycle 4 Sepsis'.

15 teams of cyclists from all over the UK took part in the nationwide sponsored 'Cycle 4 Sepsis' to call attention to fatal blood poisoning condition.

Healthcare professionals with our bright #Cycle4Sepsis shirts rode alongside survivors and people who have lost loved ones to the condition, sharing photographs of their progress on social media and visiting hospitals along their route.

This year the Horton General Hospital was one of the hospitals to receive a visit.

Sepsis is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs. If not identified and treated quickly, it can lead rapidly to organ failure and death, and leaves thousands of survivors with life-changing disabilities. The condition affects adults and children alike. 

It is the second biggest killer after heart disease, and better understanding of sepsis could save 14,000 lives every year.

Dr Ron Daniels BEM, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust. said: "We don’t need expensive research to win the sepsis battle. The answer is simple: communication. Raising awareness could save thousands of lives every year."

Anne Hunt, Sepsis Nurse at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, was one of the Team Hemel members who stopped off at the Horton.

She and colleagues from UCLH NHS Trust and West Hertfordshire NHS Trust - Kendall Hunt, Clare Thompson and Jacky Ansell - cycled over 100 miles, calling in at Hemel Hempstead Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, as well as the Horton, on their way.

World Sepsis Day is on 13 September 2017 - for more information visit: