Heartstart UK Scheme

A number of BEAT responder members have recently become certified as Instructors in Emergency Life Support (ELS) Techniques under the British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart UK scheme.

Heartstart UK is an initiative co-ordinated by the BHF to teach people what to do in a life-threatening emergency: simple skills that can save lives.

Each year over 200,00 people in the UK suffer a heart attack. When someone’s heart stops pumping death can occur in just a few minutes. But with only two hours’ training you could help them stay alive until professional help arrives.

The trained person can recognise what has happened, call for professional help and perform CPR to buy the casualty time.

Heartstart courses are available free of charge to interested parties in the community and can be arranged at a convenient time upon request. Typical course duration is 2 hours for up to 10-12 attendees at a time. The course is ideally suited for provision to local schools, clubs and societies. Training may be split into 3 or 4 smaller modules where this is more appropriate to the audience.

The focus of the course is very much on demonstration of ELS techniques backed up by plenty of hands-on practical exercises.

Course delivery is regulated by South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) and British Heart Foundation (BHF).

For further information, or to book a session with BEAT’s instructors, please contact us or call Jane on 01483 200013.


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