We work with medical professionals to raise awareness and recognition of sepsis across doctors, nurses and other frontline staff in all areas of the NHS. Up to 15,000 lives a year could be saved in the UK through prompt diagnosis and treatment.

We also work to drive awareness of sepsis across our communities. In schools, in work places and in our homes. If people are aware of sepsis and can recognise the symptoms, they can quickly seek the right medical help and can improve their chances of recovery.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of sepsis? Watch our short video to make sure you know what to look out for.

Covid-19 and Sepsis symptoms

In their early stages, both coronavirus and sepsis have very similar symptoms. Most coronavirus cases are mild, but a bad coronavirus infection can also have similar consequences to sepsis.

Just because coronavirus is affecting many people, doesn’t mean that sepsis has gone away. If you have two or more of the following symptoms, seek prompt medical advice using NHS 111.

  • Very high or low temperature
  • Uncontrolled shivering
  • Confusion
  • Passing less urine than normal
  • Blotchy or cold arms and legs

Public Campaigns

In 2018 we partnered with the Scottish Government to fund the first nationwide sepsis awareness campaign. As a result of this campaign, awareness of sepsis at that time increased to 77%, with almost half of people being able to identify some of the symptoms.

In 2019 we partnered with the Scottish Government once again to deliver a second Scotland wide awareness campaign. Building on the learnings of the first campaign, this time the focus was increasing awareness of the main symptoms of sepsis.

This year, our third campaign will be bigger and better. It will include radio adverts to ensure that the message reaches the highest number of people so that they are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of sepsis.


We raise awareness at community level too, through talking with community groups, businesses and front-line medical staff. We also spread the word through our social media channels so please visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.

Would you or your community group like to find out more about sepsis and the work of Sepsis Research? Click here to book a talk

You can help us by fundraising or volunteering.