Sarah notices that Liv looks very unwell, holding her hand to her head and sweating

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Sarah is looking at the camera

Sarah and her friends are revising together when she realises that Liv could be seriously ill. She has to decide what action to take.

Liv looks unwell, slumped at her desk. Sarah and her friend are chatting in the background

We were in Liv’s room studying together for our exams. We were all a bit stressed but Liv was feeling particularly ill that day. She seemed to be getting flu.

Liv looks unwell, slumped at her desk. Sarah looks concerned in the background

Liv was hot and sweaty one minute and cold and shivering the next. She also had a bad headache. She had taken as much cold and flu medicine as the packet said to but nothing seemed to help.

Sarah notices that Liv looks very unwell, holding her hand to her head and sweating

Her headache got worse, and then she started to complain that her neck had become really stiff and sore.

Sarah notices that Liv looks very unwell, holding her hand to her head and sweating

I was worried about her as this didn’t seem like ordinary flu. We closed some of the blinds as she said the light was too bright for her eyes.

Sarah calls 999, while Liv clutches her head and looks very uncomfortable

It was then that I remembered hearing that a stiff neck and being sensitive to light could be signs of someone having meningitis. I checked on my first aid app and realised she actually had lots of the signs of meningitis. It said it was really serious.

Sarah calls 999 and talks to her friends, while Liv clutches her head and looks very uncomfortable

I asked Mae what she thought we should do. I just wasn’t sure, meningitis seemed so serious. What if we were wrong and wasting people’s time? She said we should call, it wasn’t worth the risk.

Sarah calls for an ambulance, while Liv looks very unwell

So I did and told the person on the phone everything I could and they sent an ambulance to us straight away.

Sarah comforts Liv who has her eyes closed, her head on the table and is grimacing

Liv had a long stay in hospital but if Mae and I hadn’t helped, her illness could have been much worse. I’m just relieved I remembered what to look out for and had the support to call 999 and take action.

Mae supported Sarah when she realised Liv was very unwell. What convinced them to call for help?

What is the most important thing to do if we think someone has meningitis?

A friend is unwell and Chris is convinced they have meningitis, but they don’t have all the symptoms. What should Chris do?

Liv looks unwell, slumped at her desk. Sarah and her friend are chatting in the background

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Sarah calls 999, while Liv clutches her head and looks very uncomfortable

Take action: If someone has meningitis, call 999.

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