Anyone who reads my blog, knows me or reads the local press will know I have been trying to set-up a Heartstart Scheme in Thatcham. Well that has now, after a year, happened.
On Saturday 13th July 2013, six instructors were put through their paces by Training Supervisor Naomi Mildenhall. Naomi works as a Neighbourhood Warden in Thatcham and is also a Community First Responder (CFR). The event saw instructors, many of whom already have first aid qualifications and/or teaching experience, testing their skills, both teaching and first aid with ongoing assessment and a final assessment to ensure they are all able to teach and perform first aid to the public.
All the instructors enjoyed the session and noted that knowing they could save a life was a fantastic feeling and that being able to pass on their knowledge added a new level of excitement to that feeling.
The Heartstart Thatcham Instructors.
Heartstart Thatcham started training the public on 3rd August 2013 with two two hour sessions training a total of twelve members of the public.The trainees walk away with knowledge and practical skills including the recovery position, CPR, difference between Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest,what to do if someone if choking and how to deal with serious bleeding. In the event of an emergency all twelve now have the skills to cope until professional help arrives.
The first public training event.
Anyone who is 10 years old or over can learn Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills. ELS is the set of actions needed to help keep someone alive until professional help arrives. It includes performing CPR (chest compressions and rescue breathing), dealing with choking and serious bleeding, and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Initially we thought we would be getting most people from Thatcham but we are getting people from right over West Berkshire and have had to create a waiting list, which is just amazing. To find out more visit www.heartstartthatcham.info.