Last summer we were commissioned by the East London NHS Foundation Trust to create a short piece of theatre for the Regional Sepsis Symposium in Bedford – a conference alerting health professionals to the dangers of the infection.
We were given a case study of a woman who lost her mother very suddenly to the disease, and interviewed a doctor who had survived sepsis to gain the professional perspective. The piece contrasted the journeys of the patient’s daughter and a junior doctor at the hospital.
I wanted to explore the various factors which affect an accurate diagnosis – from the British ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude to reporting symptoms, to the overwhelming pressures facing all NHS employees. The aim was to encourage doctors and nurses that ‘just asking’ for a second opinion on a patient’s symptoms could save their life.
Subsequently, the piece has been filmed for NHS teaching resources, and will hopefully continue to enrich the learning of our incredible health professionals.