Staff take part in life-saving CPR training

The initiative is a partnership between BHF and Dobbies.​The initiative is a partnership between BHF and Dobbies.​
The initiative is a partnership between BHF and Dobbies.​
Staff at Dobbies in Monifieth have been taking part in a potentially life-saving defibrillator and CPR training programme rolled out across the company’s stores.

The training supports the British Heart Foundation (BHF), to help improve survival rates from cardiac arrest.

There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year, but less than one in 10 people survive, often because those around them lack the skills or confidence to perform CPR.  

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Dobbies’ 4000 team members are being encouraged to complete RevivR – the BHF’s online tool which teaches vital CPR skills for free in just 15 minutes – and all that is needed is a mobile phone and a firm cushion to practice on.

It shows how to recognise a cardiac arrest, gives feedback on chest compressions and outlines the correct steps of using a defibrillator, giving anyone the confidence to help in the ultimate medical emergency. 

The retailer has also committed to registering all of its 77 defibrillators on The Circuit2, the national defibrillator network, which connects defibrillators to NHS ambulance services across the UK.

Paul Green, Head of People Experience, said: “We want to enable all our team at the Dundee store to learn CPR and to know how simple defibrillators are to use.

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"We are committed to creating a safe environment for our customers and team, and I’m proud to celebrate this landmark moment for our stores.”

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and it could happen to someone you love. Knowing what to do in those vital moments could mean the difference between life and death. We want to thank Dobbies for their support and for working with us to make sure even more people have the skills they need to save a life.”

To find out more about RevivR please visit:

Visit TheCircuit.UK for more information or to register your defibrillator.