Thousands learn how to save a life

Thousands of young people and members of the public from across the region learned how to save a life as part of this year’s Restart a Heart initiative.

During the week of Restart a Heart Day, South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), and its partners and volunteers, including fire services, provided training to more than 11,000 people.

Restart a Heart Day is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of CPR organised jointly by a number of organisations including the British Heart Foundation and the Resuscitation Council (UK).

This year’s numbers mean that a total of 36,000 people have received CPR training as part of the initiative since SECAmb’s first involvement in 2016.

SECAmb Voluntary Services Manager Karen Ramnauth said: “We’re very proud to have taken part in this initiative for the third successive year. In addition to our core emergency response, we’re committed to improving local health outcomes in our region, and Restart a Heart is an excellent opportunity for us to reach out and support our communities.

“I’d like to thank all our staff, volunteers and partners in the fire service for their tremendous efforts and for giving up their time to teach others how to save a life. The actions taken in the first few minutes when someone suffers a cardiac arrest are vital when it comes to maximising the chances of survival. If someone starts CPR in those first moments, the ambulance crews are much better placed to attempt to secure a positive outcome for the patient.”