First aid tips for mums and dads
Free courses offered for parents
PARENTS of young children are being offered life saving first aid courses for free in Hillingdon.
The courses are available under a new scheme from GPs at Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the British Red Cross.
They say concerned mums and dads will often resort to taking children to A&E when they could be helped by other NHS services or at home.
Dr Ian Goodman, chair of Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “There are few things as stressful as a poorly child but that doesn’t mean A&E is the only place you should go to for help.
in children are a normal part of growing up and with a bit of knowledge you can often easily look after your child yourself or get care elsewhere.”
It follows a trial programme at the Cedar Brook Practice in Hayes earlier this year, when parents were given advice on childhood health problems from nappy rash to how to treat burns and scalds.
Nita Kapoor, 30, from Hayes who joined the Cedar Brook group after seeing a leaflet in the surgery reception, said: “Before, I would run to A&Es or go for emergency appointments at my GP surgery. Coming to these sessions has given me a big boost of confidence to help me deal with situations myself.”
Charlotte Payne, 35 from Hayes added: “I’ve done ante natal programmes and actually a lot of the questions I’ve been able to ask here have been a lot better because it includes things like basic first aid.”
To sign up for a course email hillccg.epp@nhs. net.