Essential first aid

Last weekend, Alan Coppin, the Chair of the SGSA, attended an Essential First Aid course run by the St John’s Ambulance.  Here’s his account of it:

At virtually all of the match visits I’ve attended as part of my role as SGSA Chair, I’ve seen St John’s Ambulance first aiders in attendance.  They provide a vital service to many clubs across the country.

Only 1 in 14 people in the UK are first aid qualified.  I was inspired to get some essential training myself by three events:

  • A friend fell just five feet from a ladder, breaking his pelvis and hip bone
  • Watching Robbie Savage’s interview of Glenn Hoddle and learning how a first aider saved his life
  • During a match visit for the SGSA and seeing the tremendous work St John’s Ambulance do at sports grounds.

It was a fascinating session, providing essential first aid training including:

  • Adult and child resuscitation;
  • Treatment of severe bleeding and chest pain;
  • Treatment of choking in adults, children and infants;
  • Treatment of unresponsive casualty;
  • Defibrillator demonstration;
  • Epipen demonstration;
  • Communication; and
  • Casualty care.

If you haven’t done such a course I commend it highly: it could help you to save the life of a family member, friend or colleague. Just three and a half hours and £25. I have already bought better first aid kits for my home and car as a result of the course.

If interested it is simple to book – St John’s Ambulance hold hundreds of these courses at their centres all over the country. The good news is: if I can do it anyone can and it’s never too late!!