Almost 500 people in the District benefited from free CPR training as part of Mid Ulster District Council’s Restart a Heart events.
Restart a Heart Day, which took place on Monday 16th October is an annual European initiative which aims to raise awareness of the importance of bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), to increase the chance of survival when someone has a cardiac arrest. It is also part of wider action plan on Community Resuscitation and defibrillators being led by the council.
The Council in partnership with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and supported by the British Heart Foundation (NI) organised free training sessions for the public at Ranfurly House, Dungannon, Cookstown Leisure Centre and Greenvale Leisure Centre, Magherafelt.
The evening sessions on the day had to be cancelled due to Ex-hurricane Ophelia but an additional session took place at the Burnavon, Cookstown on the 7th of November for anyone who had missed out.
Similarly, due to school closures on the same day the planned activity in schools was also affected but many schools participated in events in the weeks following the actual Restart a Heart Day.
Each Year in Northern Ireland there are around 1,400 out of hospital cardiac arrests (OCHAs)
Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by up to 10%. Many people simply don’t have the skills and confidence to step in and help. These training events provided vital lifesaving skills to the local community.
Speaking at the rescheduled training session, the Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow said:
‘I am delighted the Council, in partnership with other agencies, organised this vital free CPR training for so many people in the district. To reach 500 people, especially given the disruption which occurred due to Ex-hurricane Ophelia is a remarkable achievement.
“If the training helps save one life in the future it will have been worthwhile. I would like to thank everyone involved in the day for making it so successful - from the Council, the Northern Trust, the volunteers who delivered the training and mostly the people who came out in their droves to take advantage of it.”
For more information on the day, or to hear what other initiatives will be taking place, contact Environmental Health at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132.