First aid tips for mums and dads

Free cour­ses of­fered for par­ents

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

“Most

ill­nesses

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.

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