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Another chance to learn to save a life

06 August 2019


There will be another chance to learn CPR at our hospital on Friday 23 August – and once again the training will be free of charge and open to all ages.


Following the success of a similar event in May, where well over 100 people were taught the basics of bystander Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, there was a request to put on another session during the school summer holidays to allow those who may have missed out another chance to come along.

Now some of our top emergency consultants, nurses and practitioners will be on hand for another special open access ‘drop in’ day being held in the foyer at the James Paget on Friday 23 August, from 9am to 5pm, to teach CPR to anyone interested in learning.

There’s no need to book and the training is free – just visit the foyer at any point between 9am and 5pm.

The event is again being organised by Dr Emily Russell, Consultant in Acute Medicine, with support from her highly trained colleagues, and is open to anyone who is interested in learning potentially life-saving skills, which could prove vital in the event of a medical emergency.

Patients, relatives, visitors and staff are all welcome – so whether you’re a regular at the hospital or a first time visitor you can take advantage of the free training, with children and adults invited to attend.

You will be guided through learning simple resuscitation skills, which could one day save a life.  Under the guidance and supervision of our expert tutors you will be able to ‘have a go‘ with resuscitation equipment and throughout the process you will learn more about the techniques and interventions that could make all the difference until emergency personnel arrive at the scene.

No prior experience is necessary - only a willingness to learn. You can be a complete beginner or someone looking for a refresher – either way you will learn new skills and will 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.

The hospital team is also gaining 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.”