Would you like to learn how to save a life?
There’s an opportunity to learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator at a special evening being held in the Lecture Theatre at the Burrage Centre, on the James Paget site, on Wednesday 29 August – and anyone interested can book a place.
The session is being offered by James Paget Heart Failure Nurse Specialist Mickey Cox in conjunction with local charity Heart 2 Heart Norfolk and aims to teach basic resuscitation skills which could be the difference between life and death.
The evening, which will be about two hours from 7pm, is open to all ages, with complete beginners and those looking for a refresher all welcome.
In addition to being a cardiac nurse specialist, Mickey is also an Advanced Life Support Instructor who volunteers with Heart 2 Heart Norfolk – a charity which aims to save lives by providing defibrillators in accessible locations, and providing training on how to perform CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation).
Mickey says; “The session will teach the basics of CPR and how to safely use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). It’s all about giving you the confidence to be able to use the defibrillator, and other potentially life-saving techniques, if you ever have to, as doing something is better than doing nothing. There will be mannequins and defibrillators available on the night so if you want to you can have a go, although if you just want to listen you can do this too.
“We have had relatively young children complete the sessions so all ages are welcome, and we’ll talk you through some of the scenarios you could face before emergency teams arrive.”
Heart 2 Heart was set up by Jayne Biggs, from Gorleston, after her seven-year-old daughter suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The little girl was saved by the fact that her parents knew CPR and that paramedics got to her with a defibrillator in seven minutes.
Following her experience Jayne realised how crucial it was that such equipment was immediately accessible – and she wanted to make sure as many people as possible were trained in resuscitation techniques.
Jayne now has 50 public defibrillators out in communities across Norfolk and Suffolk. These are registered with the East of England Ambulance Service so, in the event of an emergency, the defibrillators are quickly accessible and can provide a vital intervention that could make a real difference to someone’s chance of survival.
A man was recently saved thanks to one of the defibrillators at Gorleston and the aim is to ensure as many people as possible have the skills to make a difference. It is hoped the session may be the first of several for local people to learn more.
Jayne is now taking bookings for the evening session at the Burrage Centre on Wednesday 29. There will be free car parking available in car park E, the staff car park at the back of the James Paget site, near the Centre, and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits available for participants. Places are on a first-come, first served basis and should be pre-booked.
If you would like to book your place or to find out more about Heart 2 Heart please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07585 604125. Alternatively you can send Jayne a message via Facebook - search Heart 2 Heart Norfolk.