Sutton and Cheam MP takes life saving tips from St Helier Hospital
7:10am Thursday 7th June 2012 in Latest News
An MP took a lesson in life saving at St Helier Hospital.
The resuscitation team at St Helier Hospital gave Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam and Minister of State for Care Services, a basic course in CPR on June 1.
During the session, Mr Burstow was taught a number of life-saving skills, including what to do if you suspect someone may be having a heart attack, how to deal with someone who is seriously bleeding and how to help someone who has stopped breathing.
Mr Burstow was also shown how to use a defibrillator, a machine that can be used to give the heart a shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.
He said: “As a local MP and a Health Minister, I obviously take the health, wellbeing and safety of my constituents, as well as the public at large, very seriously indeed.
"Now, thanks to the resuscitation team at St Helier Hospital, I can be confident that I could make a very real difference to someone should they need CPR or find themselves in another life-threatening situation.
“The skills are simple, they don’t take long to learn but they could save a life. I would recommend a first aid course to anyone.”
For more information about first aid courses around the country, visit St John’s Ambulance at sja.org.uk. You can also find first aid tips online at bhf.org.uk.