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The Armed Forces Covenant The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working to embed the Armed Forces Covenant to improve health outcomes for serving personnel, veterans and their families. The Trust has recruited six members of staff who have volunteered to become ‘Armed Forces Champions’ – many of whom have either previously served in the military or have a link to the Armed Forces. Champs These individuals are best placed to understand the difficulties that Forces patients and their families encounter, and have experience of the challenges that can be faced in accessing and receiving health care services. The new role involves a host of things, including: • • Promoting the needs of Armed Forces serving personnel, their families, and veterans. • • Offering support and information to colleagues regarding issues pertinent to the Armed Forces. • • Contributing to the initiation and implementation of change and improvement to service and care delivery for local Armed Forces serving personnel, their families and veterans. Deborah Lee, the Trust’s CEO said: “I am very proud to endorse Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s support for Britain’s Armed Forces serving personnel, veterans, and their families. “Our Champions each bring different experiences, knowledge and skills which will help shape the support and care we can offer.” To contact Gloucestershire NHS Trust’s Armed Forces Champions e-mail ghn-tr.armedforceschampions@nhs.net HEALTH ADVICE – SEPSIS Bad Blood It claims 52,000 lives every year in the U.K. – and it has been called “the deadliest killer you’ve never heard of”. Sepsis, also called blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition, triggered by an infection or injury, which can affect babies, toddlers, children and adults. In Sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection. This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. Without quick treatment, Sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. Here are the early warning signs you need to know: Sepsis symptoms in children under five years If your baby/young child has any of the symptoms noted below, you should take the baby/child straight to A&E (Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospital) or call 999. Sepsis symptoms in older children (5 years+) and adults • • Looks mottled, bluish or pale If your child or an adult has any of the symptoms listed below, seek immediate medical advice. • • Very lethargic or difficult to wake The symptoms may be: • • Feels abnormally cold to touch • • High or low temperature • • Breathing very fast • • Chills and shivering • • Has a fit or convulsion • • Fast heartbeat • • Rash that does not fade when you press it • • Fast breathing If your baby/child is getting worse or is sicker than you’d expect and has any of the symptoms below, trust your instincts and seek medical advice urgently from NHS 111, by ringing 111. • • Feeling dizzy or faint The symptoms may be: • • Diarrhoea, nausea,vomiting The symptoms may be: • • Temperature over 38°C (babies under 3 months) / temperature over 39°C (babies 3-6 months) • • Any high temperature, where child in not showing an interest in anything • • Low temperature (below 36°C) • • Finding it harder to breathe, making grunting noises when breathing, breathing that pauses • • Not had a wee or wet nappy for 12 hours • • Baby or child has no interest in feeding, not drinking for more than 8 hours (when awake), • • Green, bloody or black vomit/sick. For further information, see the NHS website www.nhs.uk/condtiond/sepsis • • Confused, disorientated, slurred speech • • Severe breathlessness • • Cold, clammy and pale/mottled skin loss of consciousness • • Not passing much urine, ie for a full day Treatment of Sepsis If sepsis is detected early and hasn’t affected any vital organs, it can be treated with antibiotics. But children/adults with severe sepsis and septic shock will require admission to hospital. the imjin SUMMER 2019 27