Woman, 32, died from DVT just three hours after stepping off holiday flight from Tenerife


Liz Cooper started to feel ill while on holiday at a Tenerife hotel complex, but suffered a pulmonary Embolism (due to a DVT) just 3 hours after landing.

It seems strange to read such stories, would you have known what a DVT was? Would you have known what a Pulmonary Embolism was? You need to know the signs, you need to be able to listen to your loved ones, family, friends, strangers. You need to be able to say “go to your doctor…!”

Trouble is (sadly) a lot of the time the doctors misdiagnose, as do the A&E departments. This is why charities like Lifeblood are working so hard to raise awareness,

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Failure to spot blood clots costs the NHS million

The NHS has paid £112million in compensation over the past five years after doctors failed to spot deadly blood clots, according to research.

Data from the NHS Litigation Authority show a rise each year in the amount paid to patients after staff failed to screen for the condition or give appropriate medication.

Last year, the health watchdog said more than 10,000 lives could be saved annually if people going into hospital were screened for the clots. They kill an estimated 25,000 people admitted to NHS wards in England every year.

Three years ago, Sir Liam Donaldson, then the chief medical officer, said that all patients admitted to hospital should be screened.

In 2005, £21million was paid out over blood clots, but this rose to more than £26 million in 2010. The money was paid to people who suffered an avoidable blood clot or who had a clot missed by doctors. New research from Lifeblood, the thrombosis charity, suggests claims for the period 2005 to 2015 could top £250million in total.

Prof Beverley Hunt, medical director of Lifeblood, said the human cost from this preventable condition was “devastating”.

Cost to the NHS

7 triathlons in 7 days …..!

Ian in training for his 7 triathlons in 7 days raising much needed funds for The LIFEBLOOD charity. it has no government funding but is outstanding in supporting the many thousands of people in the UK who have blood related health issues. Please support Ian Jackson by donating to:70070 texting IANJ62 (with the amount) or directly to his charity page: www.justgiving.com/Ian-Jackson7.

Thank You

Ian Said “I am looking to complete 7 sprint triathlons in 7 days from the 10th May to the 16th May. I am l looking to raise as much money as I can for this Fab charity. So I hope you will all be thinking of me as I embark on this Mid life exercise crises. I knew I should have brought a little sports car instead”



I should be working, but……..

I should be working, but I can’t focus on the work, so apologies to those who are presently waiting for their CV’s. Tomorrow will be the 3rd anniversary of when I suffered a massive pulmonary embolism, I hate tomorrows date, it really is as simple as that. Walking into the en-suite, looking in the mirror, opening the door and that’s how it ended…! No signs, no time to think, no chance to say goodbye, just “the end”

I got better though….! Well, that’s a bit of an over statement, I guess it should really say “I’m getting better but will never be better”

So the #charityoars are my way of taking as much positive energy from the 12th April 2011. I don’t moan (too much) about the pain, the discomfort of breathing, the fear of events happening again. I hide these as much as I can. If by running the Charity Oars fundraising campaign we are able to raise awareness of Thrombosis, DVT’s and Pulmonary Embolisms surely that is a good thing? The charity Lifeblood that we’re supporting have been wonderful, they have supported me and others, encouraged us, offered advice and introduced us to others. The over riding comment from so many is “we didn’t know what it was”.

So please show your support for our campaign. Follow us on Twitter @charityoars and tell as many people as you can about what we’re trying to achieve.