Dean Oaks Primary becomes a CardiacSmart school


Dean Oaks Primary School has received a CardiacSmart award from North West Ambulance Service.

The school had to meet a series of criteria to gain their Silver CardiacSmart award, which recognises community groups for their dedication to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators.

Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year, and with every minute a person does not receive treatment their chance of survival decreases by 10%.

Mrs Hughes, Head teacher of Dean Oaks, is delighted that the hard work in the school has resulted in achieving the award.

She said "Making our school a safer place to work and visit by installing a defibrillator and by providing staff with emergency life support training is a positive and simple action to take. It's really easy to make a difference and maybe save a life."

Mrs Hughes continued, "If we are ever in the unfortunate situation of having to provide CPR to someone taken ill, we're confident that we would be able to do our best and use the defibrillator, so giving that person a chance of survival."

She added "It's humbling to think that anyone here is a potential lifesaver."

Dean Oaks Primary School


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Kerry Louise Burgess
Thursday 8th January 2015 at 2:18 pm
This is brilliant news, my son attends here, all schools should aim to do this.
Sara Harris
Saturday 10th January 2015 at 11:16 am
Well done Dean Oaks. Every school should have an AED and my role within the Ambulance Service to to advise schools on how to go about it. Contact me if you need details for your school. Children are great to teach these life saving skills as they retain them and are not afraid to use them. Simple skills save lives!