Following the success of the previous session in August, James Paget Heart Failure Nurse Specialist Mickey Cox is again teaming up with local charity Heart 2 Heart Norfolk to offer you the chance to learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator.
The next evening is being held on Thursday 8 November and the venue will again be the Lecture Theatre in the Burrage Centre, at the back of the hospital site.
The session aims to teach basic resuscitation skills which could save a life.
The evening will start at 7pm and be around two hours, giving you the opportunity to learn resuscitation techniques and familiarise yourself with a defibrillator as well as having a go if you would like to.
Anyone of any age is welcome, as the team have previously conducted sessions with children as young as five, and you can be a complete beginner or someone just looking for a refresher.
In addition to being a cardiac nurse specialist, Mickey is also an Advanced Life Support Instructor who volunteers with Heart 2 Heart Norfolk – the locally-based 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; “We were really pleased with how many people came along last time and we hope they enjoyed the evening and found it valuable. We wanted to offer another opportunity for all ages and abilities to come along to learn the basics of CPR and how to safely use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). While the defibrillator will give instructions about how to operate it, the sessions are all about giving you the confidence to be able to use it, as well as 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 if you want to have a go, although if you just want to listen you can do this too. 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 within 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 more than 80 public defibrillators out in communities across Norfolk and Suffolk, thanks to her fund-raising efforts. Each of those in East Anglia 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. The scheme has already had some considerable successes, saving lives and increasing awareness of what to do if someone has heart failure – a cardiac arrest.
This is a free event and Jayne is now taking bookings for the evening session at the Burrage Centre on Thursday 8 November. 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 email@example.com or call 07585 604125. Alternatively you can send Jayne a message via Facebook - search Heart 2 Heart Norfolk.