Patient returns to hospital to thank sepsis nurses who saved his life

A grateful patient has returned to King's Mill Hospital in Sutton to thank the team who saved his life after he was struck by sepsis.

Wednesday, 16th August 2017, 12:26 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:36 pm
Relieved patient Stuart Artliff with the nurse at Kings Mill Hospital, Julia Rose, who first diagnosed his sepsis.

Stuart Artliff developed sepsis on contracting Weil’s disease, which is carried by rats and other animals, after he had taken part in a mud run.

“I had felt ill for two weeks and, after going downhill fast, I ended up in the emergency department at King’s Mill where I spent three weeks in intensive care,” said Stuart, of Alfreton.

“If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of a nurse, I wouldn’t be here now. I owe her my life, and I can’t thank her and the other hospital staff enough for the fantastic care I received.”

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That nurse was Julia Rose, who said: “I remember very clearly Stuart coming in. He looked so poorly. I quickly carried out the sepsis screening and he scored really highly, so we started treating him immmediately.

“It was brilliant to see him again and how fit and well he is now. Our lifesaving work is down to teamwork, educating staff and establishing efficient systems to identify and treat infections. I am delighted Stuart has fully recovered, and that I was part of the team that made this happen.”