Over the past three years, well over 1200 people in the district have benefitted from free CPR training as part of Mid Ulster District Council’s annual Restart a Heart day events.
World Restart a Heart Day, which took place on Tuesday 16th October, is an annual 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 a wider Mid Ulster multi-agency action plan on Community Resuscitation.
The Council in partnership with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service organised free training sessions for the public at Cookstown Leisure Centre, Dungannon Leisure Centre and Greenvale Leisure Centre, Magherafelt.
As part of the day, training was also delivered across the district to pupils in many of the local Primary and Post Primary Schools.
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 Cookstown training session, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Frances Burton said:
‘I am delighted the Council, in partnership with other agencies, organised this vital free CPR training to help us create a community of life savers across the district.”
“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 Health and Social Care Trust, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, the volunteers who delivered the training, and most of all the people who came out 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.