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What is Sepsis?

Sepsis can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body. The most common sites of infection leading to sepsis are the lungs, urinary tract, abdomen (tummy) and pelvis.

In the case of suspected sepsis, it is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible so that appropriate treatment can be given. This can help stop the progression of sepsis and reduce the risk of long-term damage to the body, or death.

What is the CCG doing about it?

There is a growing awareness that sepsis is probably under-recognised in primary care, with many cases of the condition arising in the community.

In Gloucestershire, we are taking steps to increase awareness through ensuring that those patients at greater risk of developing sepsis are identified early.

We are ensuring that clinicians have access to resources from the Sepsis Trust, including their Toolkit for GPs and suggested indications of people who have have the condition:


We have also produced a podcast with a patient who developed Sepsis, who shared her story to raise awareness of the condition and share the lessons learned: