We've suspended Heartstart training during the coronavirus outbreak. It will be resumed once we feel that it is safe to do so. This page has a link to a refresher document with updated guidance.

As our Heartstart training is conducted in small groups and involves shared use of manikins, we have decided that, even though we already take steps to reduce the risk of trainees infecting each other, it would not be wise to continue running these courses during the current outbreak given the virulent nature of coronavirus.

If you've taken one of our courses or are otherwise trained in CPR, please follow this link for a refresher with updated guidance: Heartstart_2020_Covid_secure_25_09_2020_CLG.pdf
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Our club supports this British Heart Foundation initiative by providing   emergency life support training locally to local clubs and charities. 

Would you know what to do in a life-threatening emergency?

The skills of emergency life support (ELS) are simple and can save lives.

ELS is the set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives.

They include performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using an AED (see below), dealing with an unconscious but breathing casualty, helping someone who is choking and helping someone that may be having a heart attack.

Heartstart UK is an initiative started by the British Heart Foundation and supported by our Club to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency: simple skills that can save lives. 

Teaching CPR at a Kingsbridge Heartstart training session

Heartstart provides opportunities for people to learn the vital skills of ELS. Through Heartstart UK the BHF aims to strengthen the chain of survival by promoting and supporting ELS training in the community. Kingsbridge Estuary Rotary Club has now trained over 1,500 in these important skills.

The benefit of CPR performed by a bystander in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is significant.

The most important factor determining survival after a cardiac arrest is the time from collapse of the casualty to defibrillation - performing CPR buys time and more than doubles the chances of survival.

We are lucky to have as our medical director former President of the Resuscitation Council UK, Dr Carl Gwinnutt who is an honorary member of our club and can demonstrate the use of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in which many local commmunities are investing.

The Rotary Club of Kingsbridge Estuary has been honoured by the grant by Rotary International of a Significant Achievement Award for this project.

John Kenny, the President of Rotary International for 2009-10 said "The Significant Achievement Award recognizes outstanding Rotary Club projects that address the needs of the local community. These exemplary service programmes provide models for future activities and inspiration for other Rotary Clubs." He went on to say that the project represented the very best work in District 1170 and the Rotary world and the efforts of the Rotary Club of Kingsbridge Estuary guaranteed that Rotary's tradition of dedicated service would long continue.

If you have any questions as regards Heartstart training or wish to give feedback, please contact Carl Gwinnutt by following the link below.

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Heartstart sub-pages:

A new defibrillator for Kingsbridge

more Supplied by Rotary to replace the previous one.

Spreading the word about AEDs (defibrillators)

more Making more AEDs available in the community.


Been on one of our Heartstart courses?

more Links and videos

Rotary funds defibrillators for Kingsbridge

more Kingsbridge Estuary Rotary has provided two defibrillators for use in the local community.

Heartstart instructors from Kingsbridge Estuary Rotary Club congratulate their 1,000th trainee: L-R: Steve Mullen, Tony Corr - kneeling, Steve Kerr, Ben Rogers - trainee, Richard Cropper, Elizabeth Bewley Jones and David Graham

Our Heartstart team trains its 1,000th person

more KINGSBRIDGE Estuary Rotary Club trained their thousandth person in lifesaving skills in January 2017