St John Ambulance Trainer Says Every Islander Needs Basic First Aid

Beryl Read

Beryl Read

Every islander should have a basic understanding of first aid. That’s the view of St Mary’s-based St John Ambulance trainer Beryl Read.

She has responded after councillors voiced concerns over the level of life-saving knowledge currently on the islands.

At last week’s Council health meeting, members asked if first aid should be taught routinely to children. That followed a discussion with a mainland-based Ambulance Service manager who said patients would not be resuscitated if there had been no attempts by bystanders within 10 minutes of the arrival of a trained responder.

That’s national policy but Beryl says guidance is available to anybody who wants to know what they can do in an emergency and she is keen to put on advice sessions.

She regularly goes in to school for sessions and the potential for an after-school first aid club is being investigated.

Some companies, like St Austell Brewery, have also held short courses for their staff lasting three hours, says Beryl.