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Your chance to learn CPR

30 April 2019


Some of our top emergency consultants, nurses and practitioners, including our resuscitation service team, will be on hand for a special ‘drop in’ day being held at the James Paget on Friday 17 May to teach CPR to anyone interested in learning.

Consultant in Acute Medicine Dr Emily Russell has decided to organise a drop in event to teach ‘bystander CPR’ (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), which will be held in the foyer of our hospital on Friday 17.

The all-day event, from 9am to 5pm, is open to anyone – patients, relatives, visitors and staff - who is interested in learning potentially life-saving skills, which could prove vital in the event of a medical emergency.

Front JPUH2

You will be guided through learning simple resuscitation skills, which could one day save a life.  All ages are welcome to drop in at any point during the day. Under the guidance and supervision of our expert tutors you will be able to ‘have a go‘ with resuscitation equipment including manikins and a defibrillator.  Through the process you will learn more about the techniques and interventions that could make all the difference until emergency personnel arrive at the scene.

There is no need to book – simply pop along when you are free and join one of the regular sessions being held throughout the day.  No prior experience is necessary - only a willingness to learn. You can be a complete beginner or someone just looking for a refresher – either way you will learn new skills and gain confidence in your abilities.

Among those providing advice on the day will be emergency department consultants, cardiac nurse specialists and advanced life support instructors as well as our resuscitation service team.  James Paget Medical Director Hazel Stewart and Director of Nursing Julia Hunt were among the first to add their support to this educational venture. 

The hospital team is also gaining extra invaluable support from local charity Heart 2 Heart Norfolk.

Dr Russell says; “Simply having bystander CPR can quadruple a person’s chances of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest but currently only 40% of people suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive it.  Bystander CPR really does save lives. 

“I want to make it easy for people to learn this skill so that they too can make a difference and can realise just what they are capable of.”