Local children received resuscitation training in support of European Restart a Heart Day, at East Surrey Hospital earlier this month.
Restart a Heart Day is a designated yearly day of action across Europe, with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, who run the hospital, took part on 16 October, the day of this year’s initiative.
Bernadette Lee, senior resuscitation officer said “We invited staff to bring their children to work to learn CPR – there was a great turn out, 60 children and parents.”
“The resuscitation team were there to assist and supervise while participants practised CPR on training mannequins; they also practised the recovery position and what to do if somebody is choking,” she explained.
Saffron Webster, a teenager from Hassocks who attended the event, said: “I really enjoyed the training, it is a really useful life skill and it has given me more confidence.”
Maria Gubala, finance manager at SASH, was another attendee: “I came along tonight to learn a new skill – you are never too old to learn. Resuscitation is invaluable training that everyone should have”, she said.
The trust says anyone wanting to find out more about CPR can visit an NHS Choices webpage: as well as information, the page includes links to providers of courses.