Learn how to restart a heart at Dolphin Shopping Centre sessions

Members of the public will be shown how to ‘restart a heart’ by the South Western Ambulance Service team at Dolphin Shopping Centre on Wednesday, October 16.

Dolphin Shopping Centre will host the free CPR demonstrations from 10am to 5pm in the area outside of Beales department store as part of the international Restart a Heart Day campaign. No previous experience is necessary and booking is not necessary as members of the public can just turn up on the day.

The annual initiative has been organised in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance. Together they aim to increase the number of people who survive cardiac arrest outside of hospital.

Adam Parsons, Patient Engagement facilitator for South Western Ambulance Service, said: “We encourage members of the public to attend the CPR demonstrations at the Dolphin Shopping Centre as a heart attack can happen out of the blue to the people you least expect. During a cardiac arrest, the faster the reaction, the easier it will be to recover from it. This is why it is important to have more people aware of how to react in this situation.”

Members of the public will be shown how to perform effective CPR in the event of someone being in a cardiac arrest by members of the team from South Western Ambulance Service. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend the short sessions and will receive a certificate at the end of the demonstration.

John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, added: “We are proud to support and facilitate the CPR workshops for Restart a Heart Day. We hope the public will get involved in the training and pass on the skills they have learnt to their friends and family.”

For further information about events at the shopping centre, visit www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk.