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welcome to a new scheme to encourage more people across Wales

to learn and use lifesaving skills 

The Save a Life Cymru is a programme of work with the aim of improveing access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and an increased awareness and use of defibrillators. As more people learn CPR they will be encouraged to share their knowledge in, strengthening the chain of survival that will help improve survival rates for people suffering a cardiac arrest. Welsh Government have provided funding totalling £586,000 which will be used to launch the programme across Wales.

Launch Day

Tuesday 16 October 2019 saw Save a Life Cymru was officially launched by Vaughan Gething,Minister for Health and Social Services at the Cardiff City FC Stadium. We were joined by 60 studuents from Fitzalan High School who all participated in some familiaristion on CPR.

We were also joined by Cardiff City FC Manager, Neil Warnock and players Callum Patterson Will Vaulks and Sean Morrison who all had a go a CPR.

We were also joined by Prof. Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer , Dr. Brendan Lloyd, Medical Director from the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, Dr Jon Goodfellow, National Clinical Lead with the Wales Cardiac Network and Prof. Len Nokes Emeritus Proffessor at Cardiff University and Club Doctor for Cardiff City FC. 

Cardiff City FC have produced the video above on how to perform CPR and how to use a definbrillator, the video was made in memory of Claire Louise Nokes who passed away in December 2016 following a cardiac arrest brought on by a condition called myocarditis.

Chain of Survival


The Chain of Survival is made up of four links, the first three of which can be performed by members of the public


Recognising someone is in cardiac arrest and getting / giving assistance is the first step to improve their chances of survival.


Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can keep their heart going until a defibrillator and or help arrives.


Every minute a patient doesn’t have a defibrillator attached to their chest, their chances of survival reduce by 10%.



Ariennir achub bywyd Cymru gan Lywodraeth Cymru ac fe'i cefnogir gan rwydwaith cardiaidd Cymru, drwy'r grŵp gweithredu ar gyfer anhwylderau'r galon. Save a Life Cymru is funded by Welsh Government and supported by the Wales Cardiac Network, through the Heart Conditions Implementation Group.