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Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Executive shows support for North West Ambulance Service “Cardiac Smart” scheme

This week, Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Executive, Gill Brown, attended the North West Ambulance Service “Cardiac Smart” event, hosted at the House of Commons.

The event was organised to gain support from parliament on the subject of improving cardiac arrest survival rates outside of hospital within the UK.

Key aims were covered at the event, including the need for teaching to be introduced in schools, which educates children with the knowledge to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use a defibrillator by the time they leave school at 16.

Cardiac arrest survivors, and those who have saved lives, attended the event and shared their stories and experiences. Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Executive, Gill Brown, stated “Stories which were shared at the event by the survivors and by those who have saved lives were inspiring. The event really did raise awareness of how important it is for all members of the public to know how to use a defibrillator and to perform CPR. It’s amazing how a small amount of training can save a person’s life.”

“I look forward to seeing changes within parliament which support the Cardiac Smart scheme; everyone needs to become more aware of how easy it can be to save a life by learning a few basic skills”.

In response to the scheme Healthwatch Lancashire are looking to provide training to all staff members and volunteers in emergency resuscitation.

If you have story to share about receiving or giving CPR please contact 0300 300 8811 or email info@healthwatchlancashire.co.uk.

For more information and to keep up with the campaign, make sure you are following: @NWAmbulance or use the #CardiacSmart to see what people are saying!