This year Herefordshire Heartstart will be participating in Restart a Heart Day on October 16th 2017. Restart a Heart Day is a Europe wide initiative developed by the European Resuscitation Council. It was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of the importance of teaching members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
Through research and changes to CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) guidelines survival rates have increased over recent years. Yet the UK lags behind other countries. You have less than a one in ten chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK, but in Norway, four times that amount survive. It is known that the major difference is the amount of training in CPR that occurs.
To continue our support of Herefordshire people we are holding two public events in Hereford on Restart a Heart Day. The first will take place at The Richmond Club on Edgar Street from 2-4pm. The second will take place at Hereford Rowing Club, Greyfriars Avenue from 6-8pm. These venues have very kindly donated their facilities free of charge for this event. During this free, two hour course participants will learn: how to call for help, how to help someone who is unconscious, how to perform CPR, the role of the defibrillator, how to deal with choking and serious bleeding. There will be further public courses around the county later in the month.
To attend one of these courses booking is essential. To register for a course contact Sarah, the coordinator for Herefordshire Heartstart by: emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone 0845 60 60 654; or post PO Box 305, Hereford, HR1 9JD
For more information or to organise a course for your local community further information can be found on our website www.herefordshireheartstart.org or our Facebook page.