Date of release: 20 July 2020
Staff from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust took to the stage to warn colleagues of the dangers of a life-threatening condition.
The sepsis team delivered three days of training at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre aimed at improving staff’s knowledge in recognising sepsis and its early management.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that kills 48,000 people annually in the UK. It occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage its own tissues and organs.
Doctor Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, opened the event by warning of the dangers of the condition and its relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michelle Hickman-Smith, Lead Sepsis Nurse at RWT, and members of her team Liz Walker and Sony Thattil also addressed staff. A total of 30 members of staff, including surgical, medical, community and paediatric nurses, attended each day socially distancing.
With the theatre closed due to the pandemic, their staff were happy to offer their facilities. Michelle said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank the Grand Theatre team for their kindness and hospitality. It is a truly wonderful setting with a real sense of history and everyone really enjoyed the experience.”
Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director at the Grand Theatre, said: “A theatre really needs an audience to make it truly come alive. Whilst we cannot open our doors to our theatre-going audience at the moment, it has been an absolute pleasure to open them for frontline workers.
“I was thrilled when The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust took us up on our offer to use our beautiful building for training. Our staff have also really enjoyed volunteering for the NHS and doing their bit. I truly hope this is a partnership we can develop more in the future.”
This is not the first time the Grand has hosted the organisation – the theatre recently welcomed 32 international student nurses from the Trust to a training event.
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