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Last chance to apply for lifesaving lesson in Sudbury and Suffolk

Author: East Of England Ambulance Service Published: 13th September 2017 12:03

 Restart a Heart Day

Last chance to apply for lifesaving lesson in Suffolk

The school holidays are over and the students of 2017 are back in the classroom.

However, it is not too late for teachers to do some last-minute homework.

Schools in Sudbury and Suffolk are being urged to apply to get involved in Britain's biggest lifesaving lesson. More than 150,000 children and young people across the country learnt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Restart a Heart Day 2016.

Almost 30 schools in the East have already applied to take part in this year's event, which takes place on Monday 16th October. However, it is not too late for schools to sign up for East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) staff and volunteers to teach lifesaving skills to students.

Simon Marshall, one of EEAST's community partnership training officers, said: "CPR is a simple skill that anyone can learn that dramatically improves the chances of survival of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

"We are hoping to teach as many students as possible on 16th October to equip the next generation of lifesavers with the skills and knowledge they need if they come across someone who is not breathing."

Restart a Heart Day involves every ambulance service in the UK, the Resuscitation Council, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and St John Ambulance. The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest drop 10% a minute if CPR is not started, and survival rates are currently less than one in 10 people in this country.

To sign up to Restart a Heart Day, visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/your-service/campaigns/restart-a-heart-school-sign-up.htm

To play the Resuscitation Council's Lifesaver game, visit https://www.resus.org.uk/apps/lifesaver/



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