CArdiac Smart status JUne 2014 Stockport

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undefinedMadeleine Watts, Pastoral Worker and Parish Nurse at St Saviour's, Great Moor, Stockport, has been awarded a Gold CardiacSmart Award by the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS). There is now a defibrillator in the church and the hall, and members of the PCC have begun basic life-support training.

CardiacSmart awards (bronze, silver and gold) aim to recognise local businesses, community groups and individuals for their dedication to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators (devices which give a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart).

Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year, and with every passing minute a person doesn’t receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent. Cardiac arrest is the most extreme case of an emergency, as the patient loses consciousness at once and there are no signs of life.

No one knows who will suffer from cardiac arrest, but what is known, is that the speed of response, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first few minutes will improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.

The training Madeleine Watts received was provided free-of-charge by NWAS and included CPR and the operation of a defibrillator.

Madeleine said: "Making the church and hall CardiacSmart for worshippers and visitors alike has given us all peace of mind. It's so reassuring to know we have a defib on site, thereby making a difference and perhaps saving a life.”

For  information on achieving CardiacSmart status please contact Madeleine maddywatts9@hotmail.com or the Vicar Canon Diane Cookson st.saviours@virgin.net

For more information on the CardiacSmart initiative, defibrillators, educational resources and news/events please visit www.cardiacsmart.nwas.nhs.uk

Pictured above (L to R) with the defibrillator: Madeleine Watts, Sybil Moseley (a retired midwife who's part of the parish health team), Vicar Canon Diane Cookson