Heartstart Instructors Training in Harris

Andy Porteous; Geoff Petersen; Steve McCombe; Cameron Morrison; Morag Munro; Sandra Brown; Isabel Campell; John Wallace

Andy Porteous; Geoff Petersen; Steve McCombe; Cameron Morrison; Morag Munro; Sandra Brown; Isabel Campell; John Wallace

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The first “Heartstart” instructor training session to be held in Harris took place on Sat January 29 in Tarbert Fire Station.

The session was lead by Dominic Tooley, SCN in specials ward, Western Isles Hospital (and currently also CSN). We were very grateful for him taking time out of his busy schedule to come over the Clisham to us.

We now have nine trained “Heartstart” instructors in Harris and plan now to roll out delivery of the Heartstart course to members of the public in locations throughout Harris.

The Heartstart course involves a single two hour training session and is open to all adults and young persons in primary seven and above resident within the Western Isles. It teaches simple and life saving techniques that can be put to easy use prior to the arrival of professional help if one happens to be on the scene at the time of a medical emergency. Areas covered include: cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the unconscious patient and the recovery position, a choking child, a patient suffering a heart attack and a casualty with major bleeding. This is a course intended for all citizens and given our rural location could well make a real lifesaving difference

We hope to have the first training session in Leverburgh on 22 Feb 2011. If you wish further information about Heartstart in Harris please contact Dr John Wallace (john.wallace3@nhs.net or 07814 683 853)

It is hoped heartstart schemes will be established throughout the Western Isles – if you wish further information please contact: christine.mckee@nhs.net.