Dr Micayla Telfer, consultant acute physician at Macclesfield Hospital
Dr Micayla Telfer, consultant acute physician at Macclesfield Hospital
Expert speaker to raise awareness of sepsis at free public lecture in Macclesfield
17 February 2017

Local people can find out more about potentially life-threatening condition sepsis at a free public lecture next month.

The talk, entitled ‘Sepsis: Why does it matter?’, will take place at Macclesfield Hospital on the evening of Tuesday March 7th and will be delivered by consultant acute physician Dr Micayla Telfer.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion.

Dr Telfer’s presentation will provide an update on the importance, recognition and treatment of adult sepsis, providing facts, stats and definitions, as well as explaining what happens to the body in sepsis and how the condition is treated.

Dr Telfer said: “Around 44,000 deaths take place every year in the UK due to sepsis – that’s more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined – and sepsis can affect anyone.

“However, early recognition by patients and doctors leads to early treatment and early treatment saves lives. Come along to the talk to find out more about the condition and what we and our colleagues in the local health system are doing to tackle it here in Eastern Cheshire.”

Dr Telfer has been a consultant with East Cheshire NHS Trust for four years and specialises in acute medicine, which deals with the emergency diagnosis, investigation and treatment of all medical conditions affecting people over the age of 16. In addition to sepsis, her interests include teaching advanced life support and she is also the trust’s foundation programme director, which involves looking after newly-qualified doctors in the hospital and ensuring the trust provides them with good quality training.

In her spare time, Dr Telfer is a keen long-distance runner and cake-baker, previously using her baking expertise to raise funds for sepsis awareness via cake sales.   

The ‘Health Matters’ talk takes place at 7pm in Macclesfield Hospital’s Lecture Theatre (near the Treetops Restaurant on the first floor) on Tuesday, March 7th 2017.

All are welcome to attend the event but places are limited, so please book in advance and secure free parking if required by contacting the Communications and Engagement Department on freephone 0800 195 4194 or email ecntstaff.comms@nhs.net