Volunteers attend Heartstart Discovery Training

NHS Tayside volunteers attended a CPR course delivered by Heartstart Discovery.

The volunteers were offered the opportunity to learn new skills that may one day help them save a life. The training included:

  • how to deal with an unconscious casualty who is breathing and recovery position
  • how to deal with an unconscious casualty who is not breathing and CPR
  • awareness of defibrillators
  • how to help someone who is choking
  • signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Over 240,000 people in the UK suffer a heart attack every year, almost half are fatal.   Thirty percent of people who have had a heart attack die before they reach a hospital, usually due to cardiac arrest.

Registered charity Heartstart Discovery was launched in Dundee in 1997. It is now delivered across Tayside. Over 60,000 people in Tayside have taken advantage of the course provided by Heartstart Discovery.

Sessions are offered to the general public, and can be arranged on request for groups, clubs, organisations and workplaces.  Heartstart Discovery also works closely with schools across Tayside.

Ninewells ward 6 volunteer Sheila Lawrie said, “I found the course very interesting and informative. I would definitely recommend this course to other people”.

To book a place on a Heartstart Discovery session please contact:

Helen Brady, Heartstart Discovery Co-ordinator on 01382 740400 or 07864513742 or email helenjbrady@nhs.net.

You can also find Heartstart Discovery on Facebook www.facebook.com/HeartstartDiscovery

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NHS Tayside volunteers with Heartstart Discovery coordinator Helen Brady (second right)

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