Teams from the vascular and radiology departments at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust created a huge buzz of excitement when they held a six-hour CPR-athon, to raise public awareness and increase confidence in staff that don’t regularly come into contact with patients requiring CPR.
The teams used the event to highlight and say thank you to the Royal Berks Charity who helped fund the cost of installing a television, generously donated by Tesco Reading West. The TV was the result of feedback to help improve the experience in the recovery area for patients who undergo high risk surgery such as angioplasty and liver biopsies, and have to lie flat for long periods of time.
Jill Hobbs, event organiser said: “The day was a great success and the team worked together to highlight the importance of working together when carrying out CPR on a patient. It was great to be able to share that knowledge and skill throughout the day with a number of visitors, both young and old, who then, together with staff, helped to keep the compressions going on the resuscitation dummy.
“We would also like to thank everyone for their fantastic and generous support.”
Donations for the Royal Berks Charity’s radiology and general funds were collected across the six hours, as well as through a JustGiving fundraising page, and by the end of the day they had raised over £750.
June Leatheam on behalf of the Royal Berks Charity said: “It’s lovely to see teams working collaboratively to highlight important causes such as CPR, and in doing so, raise crucial funds for the charity, which helps provide additional medical equipment that can make a huge difference to our patients and their families, visitors and staff.
“We would like to thank both the vascular and radiology teams for their amazing fundraising efforts and it was a great pleasure to help fund the installation of the television and to hear how it’s made such a positive impact and improvement for the patients.”