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Kiss Goodbye to Sepsis A Record Attempt by Rocialle and Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

15th July 2016

The Cynon Valley company which wants to raise awareness of a serious medical condition has found a very unique way of doing so.

Rocialle, based in Mountain Ash, has attempted to set a record for the most people forming the shape of a pair of lips - and 270 people grabbed red ponchos to be a part of the awareness-raising event on Thursday afternoon.In total, 228 employees from the company and 42 students fromMountain Ash Comprehensive School took part - and they wanted to do their part to 'kiss goodbye' to Sepsis.

Rocialle, based at the Cwm Cynon Industrial Park, supplies healthcare providers with consumable items vital to the care of patients.

The Sepsis Box

It has recently worked with Cwm Taf University Health Board and the 1,000 Lives Wales Improvement Service for NHS Wales to develop the Sepsis Box - a life-saving toolkit to tackle the life-threatening condition. The Sepsis Box ensures everything required is at hand and easy to administer in the correct order.

Mark Birchmore, marketing manager for Rocialle, said: "This encouraged people within Rocialle to talk about Sepsis and there was a company-wide realisation that many of us had lost friends and family to Sepsis. This translated into a desire to make a difference.

"We are proud that our products will help healthcare providers save lives but people wanted to help in a personal way, too."

Staff have held cake sales and a 15-mile sponsored walk recently - raising £3,500 in the process - and are encouraging people to talk about Sepsis."

Mark added: "The world record attempt is the latest initiative to raise awareness of this terrible condition which kills 44,000 per year in the UK alone.

'Sepsis isn't understood by most people'

"This is greater than the number of deaths attributed to bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined but sepsis isn’t understood or even known about by most people.

"Sepsis occurs when the body’s systemic response to a microbial infection causes damage to its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death. Early recognition and prompt treatment are vital."

"If someone has recently had an infection and feels unwell, sepsis should be considered as being the cause and must be ruled out or treated quickly."

Information on how to recognise sepsis can be found here:



Original article: Walesonline

SepsisBox Information


Rocialle – Helping healthcare providers to improve efficiency and control infection

With wide ranges of medical packs and single use surgical instruments, packed and sterilised at its facilities in the UK, Rocialle helps healthcare providers to standardise on best practice, promoting infection prevention and increasing efficiency. In Acute care, Rocialle serves almost every National Health Service Trust in the UK. Rocialle is part of Berendsen Plc, the FTSE250 company and European textile service business with leading positions in most of the countries in which it operates. Berendsen has 15,000 employees across 15 countries throughout Europe. Rocialle employs 300 people at its Mountain Ash site, close to Cardiff.

For more information: Mark Birchmore, Marketing Manager, Rocialle.

Rocialle, Cwm Cynon Business Park, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF45 4ER, UK









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