Shoppers taught lifesaving skills at Stratford Centre

A member of London Ambulance Service gives a demonstration on how to use a defibrillator as part of

A member of London Ambulance Service gives a demonstration on how to use a defibrillator as part of the Shockingly Easy Campaign - Credit: Archant

Shoppers picked up more than just bargains at a lifesaving training course at Stratford Shopping Centre.

Ambulance crews with resuscitation dummies and defibrillators equipped passersby and staff from local businesses with the vital skills needed to revive someone suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The event, held yesterday, was organised as part of London Ambulance Service’s Shockingly Easy Campaign.

It aims to encourage local businesses to purchase a defibrillator.

Richard Hunt, LAS chairman, said: “Around 28 per cent of people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest but, where there is a defibrillator and someone trained to use it, the chance of survival can increase to 80 per cent.”

Councillor Clive Furness, executive member for health, was among those who refreshed their skills. In the past year, there were 304 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Newham and of these 43 occurred in the street and locations like places of work, gyms, shops and on public transport.

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