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Trust set to teach CPR to thousands for Restart a Heart

28 September 2017

Restart a Heart sessionSouth East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) gearing up to teach life-saving CPR skills to thousands of people next month as part of this year’s Restart-a-Heart awareness campaign.

The Trust was involved in the Europe-wide initiative for their first time last year when staff, volunteers and fellow clinicians trained close to 8,500 children and some adults in CPR during a week in October.

The Trust has reached capacity for this year with numbers expected to be higher than 2016. Some 15,000 young people at schools, colleges, universities and other community groups are signed up to be trained throughout the week of 10 October ahead of Restart-a-Heart day itself on 16 October.

A number of free open events in are also taking place throughout the week. Kent Fire and Rescue Service will be at the Safer Home Experience at Bluewater Shopping Centre on 11, 12, 13 and 16 October.

Meanwhile, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Uckfield Community First Responders will be holding four public training sessions at Uckfield fire station on Tuesday 10 October 7.30-9pm, Wednesday 11 October 4-6pm, and Saturday 14 October at 8.30-10.30am and 10.30am-12.30pm.

And Hoo Peninsula Community First Responders in Kent have organised a marathon 8-hour open day at High Halstow Recreation Hall on Tuesday 10 October from 12-8pm.

More than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. If this happens in front of a bystander, who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of an ambulance crew, the patient’s chances of survival are significantly improved.

Today, if someone suffers a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, they sadly have less than a one in ten chance of surviving.

SECAmb’s Investing in Volunteers Lead Emma Ray said: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Restart-a-Heart and we’re delighted with the interest which should see us train some 7,000 more people than last year. We’re delighted to be visiting so many schools, colleges and community groups and I’d urge people to attend one of the open days if possible. Learning CPR is a skill which can stay with someone for life. I’d like to thank all our trainers and volunteers who have made the week possible.”

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