The Welsh contingent of the Cycle for Sepsis will be visiting the Royal Glamorgan Hospital on Saturday morning, August 30. An information stand will be set up to greet the cyclists in the atrium of the hospital.
World Sepsis Day is an international day of action and awareness-raising, supported by organisations around the world. NHS Wales has taken part since the first World Sepsis Day in 2012.
The reason for the cycle ride
In 2013, three cyclists cycled from the Senedd in Cardiff to Westminster to attend a Parliamentary reception raising awareness of sepsis. Cyclists also rode from Edinburgh to London and were joined by English-based campaigners as well.
The Parliamentary reception has become and annual event and this year the riders are cycling from Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest to Westminster. They will be calling in to five Welsh Hospitals along the route, and visiting a hospital in Reading as well.
The cyclists are Chris Hancock, Programme Manager for the Rapid Response to Acute Illness Learning Set (RRAILS) programme in NHS Wales, Terence Canning, Patient Representative and Trustee with the UK Sepsis Trust, and Darren Ware, UK Sepsis Trust supporter.
The event in Westminister is an opportunity to raise awareness of the devastating effects of sepsis. The cycle ride is one way of raising awareness of the issue and the cyclists hope that their visits to hospitals will provide a point of interest for local organisations and staff.
Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board