A consultant from Forth Valley Royal Hospital will be saddling up to take part in a 500-mile cycle to raise more awareness of a deadly illness.
Doctor Dan Beckett will cycle from Larbert to London in this year’s Cycle4Sepsis event to give people more information about sepsis, which claims the lives of 37,000 people in the UK every year.
Survivors and campaigners will also be taking part in the event, calling for rapid diagnosis and better standards of care when it comes to Sepsis.
The illness is caused when the body’s immune system overreacts to infection. It is an unpredictable condition that can strike at any time, without warning, and kills more people in the UK than bowel, prostate and breast cancers combined.
Symptoms to look out for include high temperature, chills and shivering and fast heartbeat leading to additional symptoms like feeling faint, confusion, diarrhoea
nausea and vomiting, slurred speech and muscle pain.
Dr Beckett said: “My Uncle Dave narrowly survived sepsis, having been made aware of the condition as a result of the first cycle4sepsis. I work in acute medicine, so I have witnessed how rapidly the illness can take hold.
“Sepsis claims 37,000 lives every year, including 1000 children, and we need to make people better aware of the signs and symptoms to help people spot, treat and beat it.”
The consultant physician has been training hard and is ready for the cycle challenge.
He said: “It is a long stretch, but we have been training to prepare for this. We will be stopping off along the route in Edinburgh, Melrose, Carlisle and other locations to raise awareness.
“We will meet teams from four corners of the UK and although our journeys are long, they are nothing compared to the ordeal faced by bereaved families and sepsis survivors.”
People can follow the progress of Dr Beckett and the team by following @UKSepsisTrust on Twitter.