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The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service will be the first in the country to commence 2019 Restart a Heart Day celebrations today (Monday) by providing free CPR training at Brighstone Primary School.

Following the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Training and Community Response Services’ (ATCoRS) success in the training of over 1,000 people in CPR on Restart a Heart Day last October, the ATCoRS team has now adopted Island schools as part of their CPR guardian scheme and will kick start this year’s Restart a Heart Day (RSHD) later on today.

The ATCoRS team will be providing free CPR training sessions throughout the year to Island school children in a pledge to help make every Island child a lifesaver. Brighstone Primary School will be the first school to receive their free CPR training.

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Free CPR training will be delivered at various venues across the Isle of Wight in support of Restart a Heart Day on 16th October 2019. More information regarding the training sessions will be published throughout the year on their website at www.isleofwightambulance.co.uk.

Louise Walker, Head of the ATCoRS explains:

“We know first-hand only too well how important it is for people to learn lifesaving skills and we are thrilled to be part of the Restart a Heart Day campaign again.”

Victoria White, Head of Ambulance, IW NHS Trust said:

“We are proud to be supporting Restart a Heart Day again this year.  We feel it is so important that people know how to recognise cardiac arrest and do not feel afraid to provide CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), as it is proven that bystander CPR and early defibrillation greatly increases survival rate for an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

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“Unfortunately cardiac arrest can occur at any time to any one which is why the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service is passionate about educating our community and we are grateful to all the schools that have committed to our free CPR training sessions”.

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