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Essential life-saving skills taught to Newark College students as part of National Restart a Heart Day


By Rachel Armitage


Vital life-saving skills were taught to students last week as part of a national initiative

St John Ambulance personnel visited Newark College to deliver CPR training to learners as part of the National Restart a Heart Day on Wednesday, October 16.

Throughout the day over 200 students and 15 members of staff at Newark College received vital first aid training to be better prepared to carry out lifesaving CPR if required. Certificates of completion were awarded to all attendees.

Tammy Thompson of St John's Ambulance, teaches Newark College Student Alice Clay, 17, how to carry out chest compressions during a training session as part of Re-start The Heart Week..161019TV2-1.
Tammy Thompson of St John's Ambulance, teaches Newark College Student Alice Clay, 17, how to carry out chest compressions during a training session as part of Re-start The Heart Week..161019TV2-1.

Anne Robson, unit manager of Newark Events Service for St John Ambulance said: “It’s great to be involved with the College’s initiative to train students in CPR.

“We are delighted to be able to provide this service for younger people, especially as we recognise that certain work environments are higher risk for heart conditions.

“It’s our second year of doing it and our first year here at the College. If we can keep this up every year it will make a real difference.”

Public service student, Alice Clay said: “I want to work for the ambulance service so I’ve found today really helpful. The more first aid training I get now the more I will remember what to do in the future and the more confident I’ll be.”

Now in its sixth year, the Restart a Heart campaign is an annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service, which aims to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

This year, the Resuscitation Council announced it had taught vital life-saving CPR to 238,793 people across the country.

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