There’s another opportunity to learn CPR at the James Paget on 31 July as we again team up with Heart 2 Heart Norfolk to offer an evening of training that will also teach you how to use a defibrillator.
Following the success of previous events, and our CPR day in May, we’re offering another opportunity for you to learn life-saving skills free of charge.
Cardiac nurse specialist Mickey Cox will again be providing his expertise and carrying out the training and, as before, all ages are welcome along.
The evening will be held in the Burrage Centre lecture theatre at the back of the James Paget site from 7pm on Wednesday 31 July for around two hours and will teach basic CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) skills which could save a life.
Perfect for beginners or those looking for a refresher, the evening will give you the opportunity to learn resuscitation techniques and familiarise yourself with a defibrillator as well as having a go if you would like to.
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 to use them.
Mickey says; “We’re pleased that so many people have already come along to CPR training events at the James Paget and we will be continuing to offer opportunities 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 120 public defibrillators out in communities across Norfolk and Suffolk, thanks to her fund-raising efforts. Each of the devices 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.
This is a free event however we do ask that you book your place in advance, as spaces are on a first-come, first served basis. To reserve your spot please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07585 604125. Alternatively you can send Jayne a message via Facebook – please search Heart 2 Heart Norfolk.
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.
If you would like to support Heart 2 Heart Norfolk you can also visit their charity shop at 155 Bells Road, Gorleston – watch Jayne on Anglia News recently here - https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2019-05-16/norfolk-mums-mission-to-put-defibrillators-on-every-street/