Restart a Heart Week

Tuesday 16th October is International Restart a Heart Day. The European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on the same day every year.

In 2018, the very first global edition will take place, creating awareness of CPR and Basic Life Support through courses in public locations.

The St John Emergency Ambulance Service and St John Guernsey volunteers are delighted to be supporting the Cardiac Action Group in a local week-long initiative to support this international day.

We will be at Community Centres across the island offering free one – hour Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) sessions throughout the week

Community Centre taking part are:

Monday            15th October at 2.30pm              St Stephens Community Centre

Monday            15th October at 7.30pm              Capelles Church and Community Centre

Tuesday            16th October at 6pm to 9pm       Cobo Community Centre

Wednesday       17th October at 7 pm to 8.30p     St Saviour Community Centre

Wednesday       17th October at 1.15 to 2.30pm   St Andrews Community Centre

Wednesday       17th October at 7pm to 8,30pm   Vale Douzaine

Thursday           18th October at 7.30pm              St Martins Community Centre

Friday               19th October at 6.45 to 9pm        Styx Community Centre

Please contact your Community Centre to book a FREE one-hour sessions. Places are limited but we can arrange for the training to take place on another date.

On Tuesday 16th October, which is World Restart a Heart Day, the Cardiac Action Group will be joined by the St John Emergency Ambulance Service and St John Guernsey volunteers at a public CPR demonstration near Boots in the High Street, St Peter Port. Demonstrations will be taking place between 11:45am and 1.15pm. Another event will also take place at the College of FE.

Dave Welbourne, Senior Officer at SJEAS said “The St John Emergency Ambulance service responds to an average of five cardiac arrests each month. A patient’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest improve if there is early recognition, early CPR, early use of an AED and early advanced care from a paramedic.

Mike Froome Cardiac Action Group Community Resuscitation Development Officer added “Currently, European statistics show only 1 in 10 people will survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. World Restart a Heart Day is hoping to help improve those figures with awareness of CPR, Basic Life Support and the use of AEDs. The event has the slogan “Together We Can Beat That”. This year sees the first international event.”