Portsmouth pupils learn vital CPR as school takes part in Restart a Heart Day
PUPILS at a Portsmouth school learnt about the importance of CPR and having a healthy heart.
Mayfield School, in Copnor, took part in the national campaign Restart a Heart Day which aims to teach more people howÂ to carry out life-saving first aid.Â
Year 8 pupils, and some youngsters from other year groups, learned CPR from South Central Ambulance Service paramedics, heard about the medical training firefighters have and dissected hearts.
They also learned about pulse rates, organ donationÂ and how to keep a heart healthy as part of the Science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) event.
ProfessorÂ Charles Deakin, a consultant in cardiac anaesthesia and cardiac intensive care, visited the school and gave a lesson on first aid.
He alsoÂ answered questions on his career which includes founding the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and chairing the medical and survival sub-committee of theÂ RNLI.
Mr Deakin unveiled a defibrillator next to the school's main entranceÂ which was purchased thanks to fundraisers from the teachers and a Â£500 donation from Co-op.
Mayfield's head girl Helena Williams said: '˜I have learned so much about hands-on CPRÂ and also how to give rescue breaths if needed.
'˜It is so important for our school and theÂ community that we have the defibrillator here, as it is so simple to use by anyone, and could save the life of anyone who requires it.
'˜WeÂ learned a lot from Professor Deakin and all of our guests.'
This is the second year Mayfield has got involved in Restart a Heart Day, held yesterday.
Its bespoke curriculum offering the six sessions couldÂ be adopted by other schools looking to get involved in the campaign.
Michelle Williams, Stem captain, said: '˜I want to be a cardio surgeonÂ so meeting Professor Deakin was brilliant.Â He is very inspirational and has so much to teach everyone.
'˜It is so important that we can teach as many people as we can how to do CPR,'
Gordon Jackson, Stem co-ordinator at the school, said he was pleased with how the day went and how much the pupils learned.
He said they were learning a key skill in CPR and the school is hoping to hold evening classes to invite parents to learn it too.
'˜The pupils found the whole day really amazing,' he said.
'˜They got to learn so much and it was a real success. One of the things our students took away from it was the Save a Life app which shows where the nearest defibrillator is and how to use it.'