YEAR 8 STUDENTS LEARN ESSENTIAL LIFE-SAVING SKILLS FROM FORMER STUDENTS
Volunteer paramedics delivered vital life-saving training to over 200 Year 8 students. Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) have been promoting the ‘Restart a Heart’ initiative since 2014, with the aim of improving outcomes from cardiac arrest in the county by teaching people cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The training was led by Nicky Hebb, a school governor who has been a paramedic for 21 years, of which 18 were on the ambulances and more recently at Darlington Memorial Hospital A & E. Nicky was supported by Lucy Porter and Alexandra Chapman, paramedics with YAS and both former Richmond School and Sixth Form students. Nicky, Lucy and Alexandra very kindly gave their day off to support our students, spending the whole day with eight separate groups of students.
The event was organised by Mrs Walker, Biology Teacher, who has a long-standing association with ‘Restart a Heart’ and has been involved with the initiative since its inception in 2014. Mrs Walker, Nicky, Lucy and Alexandra were aided by Ellen Atkinson and Sophie Pattison, Year 13 students, who supported the Year 8s with the training.
Lucy and Alexandra left Richmond Sixth Form College in 2015 and 2017 respectively and both went on to university to study paramedic science for three years. Lucy went to Anglia Ruskin University and Alexandra to Sheffield Hallam. After working in London for several years, Lucy was delighted to return to Yorkshire and now works for Yorkshire Air Ambulance with Alexandra.
The students were shown a short introductory video and guided by the emergency services trainers on how to call for help, check airways, perform CPR and the role of the defibrillator. They learned about the importance of an immediate response in the event of someone’s heart stopping and how, by performing CPR in the first few minutes, a patient’s chances of survival increases greatly.
Each student had a ‘Resusci Anne’ mannequin to simulate a real-life emergency situation and they listened attentively and carried out each task in a very professional manner. Across Yorkshire, the YAS trained more than 30,000 students on 14th October which is an incredible achievement. Over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK every year. The earlier a patient can receive CPR and a shock from a defibrillator, the greater their chance of survival. Currently in the UK, less than one in 10 (8.6%) survive a cardiac arrest.
You can find out more about Restart A Heart here.