Sepsis is when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs, it is a life-threatening condition.

25,000 children are affected by sepsis each year in the UK

¼ of all sepsis survivors suffer permanent, life-changing after-effects.

A child may
sepsis if she/he has
the following symptoms
A child under 5
have sepsis if
she/he has the
An adult may
sepsis if she/he
has the
Is breathing very fast Is not feeding Slurred speech or confusion
Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion Is vomiting
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Looks mottled, bluish, or pale   Has not passed urine for 12 hours Passing no urine (in a day)
Has a rash that does not fade when you press it     Severe
Is very lethargic or difficult to wake   It feels like you are going to die
Feels abnormally cold to touch   Skin mottled or discoloured

5 people are killed by sepsis every hour in the UK

Caremark Thanet’s Sepsis Conference in loving memory of Ellie Lunn 2014-2015

Caremark Thanet provides care in people’s homes across Thanet and Dover, Deal and Sandwich. To raise awareness in health care we are hosting a Sepsis conference on Tuesday 14th November starting at 10.00 am-1.00 pm at Global Generation Church Margate because we feel there are still many people that are unsure of the signs and symptoms and unaware that sepsis is a life-threatening condition.

Raising awareness in Sepsis is important to Caremark Thanet and very close to our hearts.

Kerry Hill, Caremark Thanet’s Operations and Compliance Manager sadly lost her 11-month-old daughter Ellie Lunn to Sepsis in 2015.  As you can imagine this was heart-breaking for her and her family, however, she feels very strongly about raising awareness and would like to share her story.

Ellie Lunn was born on the 21st March 2014. She was the youngest of four girls and was also a twin. As a baby, she had the general coughs and sniffles like all children have, so on the Sunday evening when she started refusing food and generally being whingey her mum Kerry, put it down to teething.

At 2 am Monday morning Ellie started projectile vomiting. By Monday morning Kerry was growing concerned and took her to the GP. He examined her and said she needed to be looked at in the hospital. He tried to ring the pediatric ward but got no answer. He asked Kerry if she wanted an ambulance ringing or if she wanted to take her in the car. Because this choice was offered Kerry still didn’t really think Ellie was that poorly and she decided to take her in the car. The Doctor also wrote a note and gave it to Kerry to give to the hospital when she got there. The note said, ‘query sepsis.’ Kerry handed the note to the receptionist when she got to A and E waited 15 minutes and was seen by the triage nurse. The nurse took her vital signs and commented on Ellie’s feet being cold and she called a Junior Doctor. Kerry stated that Ellie hadn’t had a wet nappy for 12 hours and she had developed a rash on her stomach. Ellie was then transferred to the children’s ward and into the assessment unit. She was given Dioralyte and Calpol, which masked the symptoms as they brought her temperature down. Due to all the Diarolyte she was given Ellie finally had a wet nappy. Ellie was monitored and a urine test was done. Ellie was monitored on the pews chart but wasn’t raising enough markers to be worried. This chart is for 0 -12 months old as Ellie was very close to her birthday if she had been checked on the chart from 1 year upwards this would have been a whole different story.

Ellie was diagnosed with viral tonsillitis, discharged and the advice given was to keep the fluids up and try a bottle later if she perks up. Around 6 o’clock on Monday evening Ellie had a slight temperature and was still grizzly, so Kerry decided to take her for a drive to try to settle her down. Ellie was put to bed around 8 pm and when Kerry went to bed at 9 pm she took her into her bed so she wouldn’t wake up the other three girls.

During the night Kerry woke up, felt Ellie to see if her temperature had come down and was relieved to find that it had. What she didn’t know was this is a classic sign of Sepsis. She put Ellie back into her cot as she was scared she would roll onto her. In the morning Ellie was still sleeping, Kerry got the other girls up and dressed and the oldest off to school. When she went back to check on Ellie she saw that she had turned grey. She picked her out of the cot, dialed 999 and started CPR. The ambulance arrived and took Ellie straight to A and E, followed by Kerry in the paramedic’s car. When Kerry walked into the hospital, she was told that it was too late, and Ellie had passed away and there was nothing more they could do for her.

Caremark Thanet Update

Caremark Thanet are a domiciliary care company based in Thanet. We have recently acquired the new territory of Dover, Deal, and Sandwich (Caremark Dover). We consider ourselves a little different from all other domiciliary care providers. We are different because our aim is always to contribute to the store of community well-being.

Over the past couple of years, we have hosted a variety afternoon, comedy night and quiz night raising over £3500 to the QEQM Dementia Appeal.

In the last couple of months, we have organised a family fun day to raise money for Demelza Hospice for Children. Some of our customers, care and support workers, office staff and local business organisations teamed together to raise over £900 for the charity.

In the last month, we have also arranged a pub lunch, a free bingo afternoon, and a film showing for our existing customers. In the festive season, we will be organising a free Carol Concert in association with the Salvation Army and a Christmas wreath making afternoon. These events all contribute to combating social isolation. Many of our customers feel very anxious and worried about coming along, however, the fear has vanished once they are amongst friendly faces and enjoying themselves, often asking ‘when is the next one.’


Caremark Thanet winners of ‘franchisee of the year 2018’ and ‘TOP 20 Award 2019’ by Homecare.co.uk.