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27 April 2017, 05:39
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is inviting schools and community groups to register their interest in this year’s Restart a Heart – a CPR awareness campaign.
SECAmb took part in the Europe-wide initiative for the first time last year when staff and volunteers trained close to 8,500 children and some adults in CPR during a week in October.
The Trust is now keen to hear from schools and community groups aged Year 6 and upwards interested in taking part this year. The training will once again predominately take place across one week – 10-16 October.
SECAmb is also inviting trained healthcare professionals to make contact with its organisers if they are interested in helping deliver the training.
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 Volunteer Operations Manager Emma Ray said: “We were delighted with the success of our involvement in Restart a Heart for the first time in 2016 and we’re looking to build on it this year.
“We’re continuing to focus our efforts on schools and community groups as by giving young people the confidence in how to act quickly and perform CPR, they can take this skill with them throughout their lives.
“The numbers we trained last year far exceeded our expectations. It was incredible and everyone embraced their new skills with enormous enthusiasm.”
Anyone interested in finding out more for their school or group should email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact their local Community First Responder group.